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Arts and Design Research Incubator Events to Address Sonification

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The Arts and Design Research Incubator (ADRI) in the College of Arts and Architecture will host two events about sonification—the use of non-speech audio to convey information or perceptualize data—on October 6–7, led by Mark Ballora, associate professor of music technology. Both will be held in 16 Borland Building.

On October 6 at noon, Ballora will give a presentation, “Sonification, the Music of Science: Creating Soundscapes from the Earth, the Cosmos and More,” as part of ADRI’s lunchtime Dialogues series. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch to this hour-long session, during which Ballora will discuss sonification projects that have been done in different areas.

On Wednesday, October 7, at 5:30 p.m., there will be a screening of Rhythms of the Universe, followed by a discussion about how the cosmos was sonified for this short science outreach film. Rhythms of the Universe, created by cosmologist George Smoot (Lawrence Berkeley Labs, 2006 Nobel co-laureate) and Mickey Hart (drummer with the Grateful Dead, ethnomusicologist), premiered at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in September 2013. This showing will include the 22:00 film, portions of the discussion that preceded and followed it at the premiere, and a presentation of some of the sonifications that appear in the film’s soundtrack.

ADRI, a unit of the College of Arts and Architecture Research Office, provides support for high-impact arts and design research projects and will present a series of events throughout the fall 2015 semester. All events take place in 16 Borland Building. For more information, visit or call 814-865-5126.