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A Tour of Sonification Designs by Marty Quinn


The Climate Symphony:

  • 10 datasets derived from ice cores are expressed as musical themes and textures in a symphony.
  • Many techniques are used including scales of pitches, scales of note patterns, scales of rhythmic patterns.
  • Merged sonifications conveys the values of two or more data points in one sound.
  • Excerpt is from 75,000 years ago and moves from past to present at the rate of 50 years per beat or chord.
  • Cited by the Director of the National Science Foundation for being an innovative merging of art and science.

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