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Ballora Provides Sonifications for Mickey Hart Album

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Cover of Mickey Hart Band's Album Superorganism

Mark Ballora, associate professor of music technology, provided sonifications of scientific data that were used on Superorganism, the latest album from Mickey Hart, ethnomusicologist and former Grateful Dead percussionist. He previously provided sonifications for Hart on his album Mysterium Tremendum, and participated in special performances commemorating the anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge and at a presentation given at the AARP in September 2012. While the sonifications for Mysterium Tremendum were of large-scale astronomical phenomena, the work on Superorganism is based on sonifications of activity on the cellular level in the human body. Mark also provided liner note material for the album that can be seen online at