|Project name:||SysSon - A Systematic procedure to develop Sonification|
Robert Höldrich (Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (IEM/KUG), Gesamtleitung)
|Project team:||Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (IEM/KUG):|
Wegener Center, University of Graz:
Centre fro Systematic Musicology, University of Graz:
|Partners:||Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (IEM/KUG)|
Centre for Systematic Musicology, University of Graz
FWF – Austrian Science Fund
The SysSon project developed sonification for climate science. Sonification is the acoustic analogue to visualization. Climate scientists depend on visual displays to get an insight in their huge and multi-dimensional data sets. But visualization is limited for conceptual and perceptual reasons. Therefore, sonification may be used complementarily, using the human sense of hearing in order to explore climate processes.
The project’s focus was on the development of a systematic procedure to enable climate scientists to create their own sonifications. The technical barrier of compatibility between the data structures and sound synthesis programs was met by developing the open source software SysSon (freely downloadable from github.com/iem-projects/sysson). Furthermore, the interdisciplinary work process tackled communicational barriers, as, e.g., climate scientists are not used to working with sound and sonification experts are not used to climate science terminology. Therefore a series of evaluations was implemented, based on User Centered Design. This procedure of evaluations, design, and development lead to a process of systematic sonification that can be generalized to other scientific domains as well.
Sonification is on the edge between science and the arts. Therefore, two artistic projects have been co-developed within the project. Klima|Anlage is a joint project with a German radio station and other partners (http://www.klima-anlage.org). Climate data were pre-processed to control an interactive climate sound “machine”. The installation has been shown in Berlin; further exhibitions are planned. Furthermore, the art installation Turbulence – a climate sound portrait was presented in November 2014 in Forum Stadtpark, Graz, Austria, conveying the climate topic to the public.