Friday, April 17, 2015

[Yasmin_discussions] Why do Science Films often have such terrible use of music or sound


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"- yes
in scientific communication we use music or sound as an accompaniment rather
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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