A JAVA FRAMEWORK FOR DATA SONIFICATION AND 3D GRAPHIC RENDERING

Publication Type:

Conference Paper

Source:

SMC Conference 2006 (2006)

URL:

files/proceedings/2006/5-vicinanzasmc06-2.pdf

Abstract:

Data audification is the representation of data by means of sound signals (waveforms or melodies typically). Although most data analysis techniques are exclusively visual in nature, data presentation and exploration systems could benefit greatly from the addition of sonification capabilities. In addition to that, sonic representations are particularly useful when dealing with complex, high-dimensional data, or in data monitoring or analysis tasks where the main goal is the recognition of patterns and recurrent structures. The main goal of this paper is to briefly present the audification process as a mapping between a discrete data set and a discrete set of notes (we shall deal with MIDI representation), and look at a couple of different examples from two well distinguished fields, geophysics and linguistics (seismograms sonificaton and text sonification). Finally the paper will present another example of the mapping between data sets and other information, namely a 3D graphic image generation (rendered with POVRay) driven by the ASCII text.