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UNH's Grand Opening of the new Demeritt Hall

Oct 11th, 2008 at 4pm.

Walk on the Sun will help to celebrate UNH's newly renovated physics building Demeritt Hall.

Visit http://www.physics.unh.edu/demeritt/index.html for more info.

Take virtual tour at http://www.physics.unh.edu/demeritt/tour.html



Logo of planetarium

Christa McAuliffe Planetarium

October 1, 2008 3-7 PM NASA's 50th Anniversary Celebration

October 1st marks NASA’s 50th Anniversary! The National Aeronautics and Space Administration officially began operations on October 1, 1958 with a staff of 80 and four laboratories for its use. After fifty years, the agency has far exceeded these numbers and brought the age of discovery to entirely new levels.

3:00 Dawn of the Space Age
4:00 Cake cutting followed by Black Holes
5:30 Special guest speaker in theater
6:00 Dawn of the Space Age
6:45 Special guest speaker in theater

- Solar Sonification interactive exhibit with Marty Quinn
- Science demonstrations in the exhibit area
- Moon rock viewing
- Scavenger hunt with prizes

Sponsored by NASA's STEREO and IBEX missions.

Visit http://starhop.com/events/special_events.html for more info.


New Hampshire Blind Expo Sept 26th, 8-5pm

Walk on the Sun Exhibit will be available for viewing 11-1 and 3-5pm.

"Access to Technology- tools for Success" Expo
sponosored by the National Federation of the Blind

Friday, September 26, 2008, 8:00AM to 4:00PM
Holiday Inn of Concord
172 N. Main St.
Concord, NH 03301

Registration is Free

Click HERE to register


8:00 am, Registration outside of Webster Room
8:30 am, Opening remarks by NH State Affiliate President Marie Johnson
8:35 am, Announcements, Introductions of workshop hosts and exhibitors,
by Vice President Guilbert Vickery and William Finn of Services for Blind and Visually Impaired
8:50 am, Move to workshop sessions
9:00-9:50 am, Webster Room
Session Topic: Oh, Say Can You See? Low Vision Access in the Classroom
Presenter: Kim Stumph
Session 2: State Room
Session Topic: KNFB Mobile
Presenter: Randy Pierce
10:00-10:50 am, Webster Room
Session Topic: Read with Ease! Tools for Reading Print, PDF and
Hard to Access Graphic-based Text
Presenter: Lori Smart
Session 2: State Room
Session Topic: The Carroll Tech Online Training Project
Presenter: Brian Charlson
11:00-12:50 pm, Exhibit Hall Open
1:00-1:50 pm, Webster Room
Session Topic: Access to the Classroom Tools
Presenter: Gayle Yarnall, ATC
Session 2: state Room
Session Topic: VR Employment Specialist Services
Presenters: David Walsworth and Scott Vittner
2:00-2:50 pm, Webster Room
Session Topic: Effective Use of AT in the Classroom: Students Perspectives
Presenter: Students of Keene State University
Session 2: State Room
Session Topic: NH State Library
Presenter: John Barrett
3:00-4:30 pm, Exhibit Hall Open
4:30 pm, Closing remarks and wrap up!


Adaptive Technology Consultants, A Division of Perkins, Gayle Yarnall


ATECH Services, Carrie Hoeckele

Classco Inc, Nate Cyr

Design Rhythmics Sonification Research Lab, Martin Quinn

GSIL, Kim Maynard

NFBNH Newsline, David Brownell

NFBNH, Student Division

NH Association for the Blind, Kim Stumph

NH Telecommunication Equipment Distribution Program
Northeast Deaf & Hard of Hearing Svs, Glenys Crane-Emerson/Interpreter

Sight Services for Independent Living, Rose Prescott

Smart A T, Lori Smart

The Carroll Center, Brian Charlson

Tenacity, Stacey Enright and Glenda Faucheux



LaunchFest at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Sept 13, 2008

Chlldren enjoying Walk on the Sun at LaunchFest

National Federation of the Blind Sept 11, 2008

Marty demonstrates Walk on the Sun with Kung Fu movements


Exploratorium July29 -Aug1st 2008

As part of our new "Light Runners" NASA sponsored program, I will be hosting the "Walk on the Sun" exhibit at the Exploratorium in San Francisco during the following times.

Tuesday       July 29th Exhibit open from 10am-5pm

Wed nesday July 30th Exhibit open from 10am-5pm

Thursday      July 31st Exhibit open from 10am-2pm, then will reopen from 9pm to 12pm midnight. And will reopen for presentation of the solar eclipse in musically encoded form from 3:30am - 5am on Aug 1st.  

The exhibit uses advanced sonification methods to present image pixel data as highly differentiated music, and physical body movement tracking to select those pixels. You also feel the musical sonification in your hands with special vibration transducers. It was very well received and enjoyed by over 400 persons at the recent National Federation of the Blind conference in Dallas and I am looking to connect with the blind community in San Francisco as well. The exhibit provides controls to easily access 8 cameras on board the two STEREO space mission spacecraft. Two million images are available and images can be played back as a movie with added sonification per image. You will hear the surface textures change as hot spots come and go as the Sun rotates. My friend and collaborator, Dr. Laura Peticolas, from UC Berkeley Space Science Lab, will be joining me at various times and will be presenting an additional sonification exhibit that she has also been working on. 

See www.drsrl.com/exhibits for detailed information about the exhibit.


Christa McAuliffe Planetarium Feb 1, 2008 at 7pm.

I will be speaking on research turning images into music in a talk called The Music of
Cosmic Images for the Stellar Nights Friday talk February 1st at 7-pm. A description of
the talk and music follows. This will be a way for those who are blind to perceive some
of the beauty of deep space images as never before, using highly differentiated
polyphonic music generated from the pixel data in the image itself. I hope to meet some
of you in this community at this event if possible.

Experience breathtaking images of deep space as beautiful and powerful
polyphonic music. Images become melodic music through a process developed by Quinn that
translates color into musical instrument timbres and brightness into pitch. Audiences are
sure to gain a greater appreciation of the subtle variations of color and texture that
exist in these incredible images.

Marty Quinn is a musician, sonification researcher, and computer scientist, who is
working to create new ways of using music to perceive information and knowledge.

From starhop.com...the Christa McAuliffe website:
Cost: $8 for adults, $7 Teen nights (ages 13-19 ONLY), $5 for children, $7 students and
seniors (unless otherwise noted), MEMBERS FREE!


Art Beyond Sight: Multimodal Approaches to Learning, Creativity and Communication

September 28-30, 2007

Organized by
Art Education for the Blind & The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

Sept 28th

4:00-5:15pm Concurrent Session



Astronomical Society of the Pacific

Chicago, Illinois

Sept 6th Poster

Learning About The Sun Through Sound


Exoplanets at the Goddard Space Flight Visitor's Center
June 5-6th, 2007
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Join Marty for Exoplanet Installation and Sonification Event

Many schools have adopted exoplanets and decorated poles that will be placed in scale outside the visitor center. The music reflects the qualities of the known exoplanets.

A Walk Through the Solar System
November 2, 2003 2-4pm
Wallis Sands Beach Rt 1A in Rye, NH

Join Marty as he hosts "A Walk Through the Solar System":

Using a 4 foot Sun, participants will walk to Saturn and experience the size of the Solar System for themselves. Featuring music from Solar Songs, Rock Around the Bow Shock, the Climate Symphony, Mars water ice and the AIRMAP projects. No charge. Dress warmly and bring a small notebook to jot down your impressions along the way.