Data sonification – the auditory equivalent of scientific visualization
Sonification is the use of non-speech audio to convey information or perceptualize data. Auditory perception has advantages in temporal, amplitude, and frequency resolution that open possibilities as an alternative or complement to visualization techniques (Wikipedia).
“The world is full of sounds. We are immersed in acoustic (often informative) complexity. Our listening skills have evolved to enable effortless interpretation. It is timely to challenge these skills for understanding complex data. Keep your ears open! Sound is around!” Thomas Hermann
Some nice examples of Data Sonification:
- Thomas Hermann’s Research group
- The Sonification Sandbox (GeorgiaTech)
- Sonification: Data like you’ve never heard before (The EarthZine)