Sonification and Music, Music and Sonification

Vickers, Paul (2016) Sonification and Music, Music and Sonification. In: The Routledge Companion to Sounding Art. Routledge, London, pp. 135-144. ISBN 978-1-13-878061-3

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Despite it being more than twenty years since the launch of an international conference series dedicated to its study, there is still much debate over what sonification really is, and especially as regards its relationship to music. A layman’s definition of sonification might be that it is the use of non-speech audio to communicate data, the aural counterpart to visualization. Many researchers have claimed musicality for their sonifications, generally when using data-to-pitch mappings. In 2006 Bennett Hogg and I (Vickers and Hogg 2006) made a rather provocative assertion that bound music and sonification together (q.v., and further developed in Vickers (2006)), not so much to claim an ontological truth but to foreground a debate that has simmered since the first International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD) in 1992. Since then there has been an increasing number of musical and sonic art compositions driven by the data of natural phenomena, some of which are claimed by their authors to be sonifications. This chapter looks at some of the issues surrounding the relationship between sonification and music and at developments that have the potential to draw sonification and the sonic arts into closer union.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
G500 Information Systems
P300 Media studies
W300 Music
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
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Depositing User: Paul Vickers
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2016 08:40
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 08:31

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