Sonification, science and popular music: In search of the 'wow'

Mark Ballora

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

19 Scopus citations


Sonification is described as an under-utilised dimension of the 'wow!' factor in science engagement multi-media. It is suggested that sonification's potential value, like much of the scientific visualisation content, probably lies less in hard facts and more in how it may serve as a stimulant for curiosity. Sound is described as a multi-dimensional phenomenon, and a number of approaches to creating sonifications are reviewed. Design strategies are described for five types of phenomena that were sonified for works created by cosmologist George Smoot III and percussionist/ethnomusicologist Mickey Hart, most particularly for their film Rhythms of the Universe (Hart and Smoot 2013).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-40
Number of pages11
JournalOrganised Sound
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Music
  • Computer Science Applications


Dive into the research topics of 'Sonification, science and popular music: In search of the 'wow''. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this