You’ll have to take my word for it: car crash composition

Brian House created You’ll have to take my word for it, in which he sonified a car crash. In 2011, Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray had a car accident but survived unharmed. The dubious circumstances in which the accident happened led to an investigation and the car’s black box data were made public. Continue reading “You’ll have to take my word for it: car crash composition”

The Rhythm of City. Sonifying social media activity in cities around the world

Rhythms of the City by the artists duo Mar Canet Sola and Varvara Guljajeva sonifies online activity in specific cities. The overall activity on Youtube, Twitter and Flickr are measured and compared to historical activity. The resulting value is mapped to a tempo value on a metronome. The more activity there is in a city, the higher the tempo of the corresponding metronome. Continue reading “The Rhythm of City. Sonifying social media activity in cities around the world”

Tweetscapes: sonifying Germany’s twitterscape

Continuing on the previous post, Tweetscapes takes on Twitter as well. However, there are notable differences. While Twinthesis can be used as an instrument and offers a few interaction possibilities, Tweetscapes is meant to be listened to, experienced without any direct possible interaction. However, the tweetscapes soundscape has been used as a base for improvisation in live music. Continue reading “Tweetscapes: sonifying Germany’s twitterscape”

About this blog

I am  Samuel Van Ransbeeck. Last year I finished my Phd in Computer Music/ Interactive Arts at CITAR – Centro de Investigação em Ciência e Tecnologia da Arte in Porto, Portugal. My research was centred around sonification and I developed DataScapR, a toolbox for stock market sonification.

Part of my research was to create an overview of existing sonification art projects. Because I believe in open research, I thought it would be good to have a blog where I can document these works. The texts I write are focused on the mapping part, and serve to give an insight into the artist’s way of using sonification.

Nowadays, many artists document their works online but some aspects such as the mapping question remain vague. Wit this blog, I hope to shed some light on the mystique around sonification. I have tried to contact the artist to get more information, which usually works out well but in some cases, I cannot get answers. For that case, I created a database of sonification works, where I list the works, with links and the general topic of the data. In the coming months, I will be writing separate blog posts about some of these works but I think this database will help to establish a corpus of sonification art, something that was previously not available.

The Phd Research was financed through the FCT, Fundação de Ciência e Tecnología Portugal with a PhD grant SFRH/BD/72601/2010 for which I am very grateful. Currently I am doing this on my own dime, because I want to keep on writing about sonification.