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A Tour of Sonification Designs by Marty Quinn


The Seismic Sonata:

  • Realtime data vertical movement of the earth recorded from the Albequerque, NM, seismic station during the 1994 Northridge, CA, earthquake.
  • Audio display facilitates multiple ‘views’ of data.
  • Long view.
  • Zoom view. (the jewelers lens)
  • Metadata: magnitude of zoom view using the audio equivalent of a graphic ‘key’.
  • Interrupt/notify listener of a change in zoom magnitude with the strike of a tympani drum.

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