On Sat, Apr 18, 2015 at 4:14 AM, roger malina <email@example.com> wrote:
> I thought i would inject a different line of discussion about the role
> of sound or music accompanying science communications films
> here is an extreme example of music composed that actually
> "plays' the data
> What would LHC sound like if it was a heavy metal band
> it is described as higgs boson sonification
> but more seriously- in scientific data analysis visualisation is a dominant
> mode of presentation and the use of other modes of perception rarely used-
> now however with many scientists putting their data into game engines-many
> new modes of navigation through data are possible- including using sound
> as a perceptual aid or addition that helps scientists understand/look for
> patterns in their data- there is a growing community of researchers
> working on
> data sonification in general
> my colleague scot gresham lancaster is the producer of the sound and data
> channel on Creative Disturbance art-science podcast platform:
> where he discusses with various experts aspects of data and sound
> some of the motivation for all this is tied to what Eleanor Gibson termed
> "perceptual learning"
> On Gibson's (1969) account, perceptual learning entails an increased
> ability to extract relevant
> information from a stimulus array as the result of experience. The
> traditional view of perceptual
> learning, dating back to Bishop Berkeley in the 1700s, is that animals
> must learn to perceive; the
> information at sensory receptors is impoverished and meaningless and
> thus a complete percept
> requires learning. In Gibson's view, the information at receptors is
> sufficient to support complete
> percepts from the start, and thus animals needn't learn to perceive;
> rather, they perceive to learn
> (E. J. Gibson, 1989, July). Perceptual learning is the key to
> knowledge and where it all begins
> the fact is that in every day cognition/perception we 'toggle' between
> sensory modes
> seamlessly as the best way to "extract information from a stimulus array"-
> in scientific communication we use music or sound as an accompaniment
> than as a perceptual learning tool
> it seems to me this is a growing trend in scientific communication
> does anyone have other examples of project that 'play the data ' ?
> Roger F Malina
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