Centre Director Professor David De Roure reports on 'Music of Sound' event

Centre Director Professor David De Roure reports on 'Music of Sound' event

Professor David De Roure reports back on an event held recently at the Centre, organised by Research Associate Iain Emsley and Pip Willcox, Head of the Centre for Digital Scholarship at the Bodleian Libraries. 

The 'Music of Sound' was a 1 day symposium and hack on sonification.

"The coming together of disciplines is what the e-Research Centre is all about, and we are always excited to host events and visitors.

Friday's Music of Sound symposium, organised by the Centre for Digital Scholarship in conjunction with the e-Research Centre, is an excellent example.

The theme of the day was sonification, a topic that is inherently interdisciplinary, ranging from digital humanities and data science to sound synthesis, composition and performance. It attracted visitors from all over the country and all around the disciplinary landscape, including several composers and sound artists.

From sonification of geological data to sonification of algorithms, and from stethoscopes to alchemy, it was a mind stretching event, and everyone learned (and possibly heard) something new. The FAST (Fusing Audio and Semantic Technologies) project featured in two of the talks, which built on our earlier 'Numbers into Notes' work ."

Professor De Roure himself presented an update of a short work from 2000 of hypertext fiction based on the traditional (Norwegian) 'Three Billygoats Gruff' fairy tale, with sonification of the hyperstructure: given a choice of paths through the story, the reader could listen to an algorithmically generated rendering of the structure beyond each hypertext link. The work later featured in the 2002 conference paper 'On hyperstructure and musical structure' and the 2005 workshop paper 'The Sonification of Hyperstructure'. Professor De Roure presented a refresh of the work, 17 years on, using contemporary technologies.

David De Roure presenting 'The Timid Cybergoat: A Reprise' (courtesy Iain Emsley)

Ben Eyes and James Cave performing geological and seismological data from Fiamignano Gorge and the Amatrice earthquake (courtesy Pip Willcox)

Duncan Chapman sharing the beauty of sprouts (courtesy Pip Willcox)

Main image shows Alan Chamberlain from the FAST project and Dafydd Roberts presenting the alchemy of sonification and vice versa (courtesy Pip Willcox).

See Iain Emsley's Storify of the event.