Creative aspects of sonification

Ben-Tal, Oded and Berger, Jonathan (2004) Creative aspects of sonification. Leonardo, 37(3), pp. 229-232. ISSN (print) 0024-094X


A goal of sonification research is the intuitive audio representation of complex, multidimensional data. The authors present two facets of this research that may provide insight into the creative process. First, they discuss aspects of categorical perception in nonverbal auditory scene analysis and propose that these characteristics are simplified models of creative engagement with sound. Second, they describe the use of sonified data in musical compositions by each of the authors and observe aspects of the creative process in the purely aesthetic use of sonified statistical data.

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