Projects transforming data into sound/music

Spider silk makes music at MIT

with few tones you can play them and realise is it a piece of music, but if you play individual tones it doesn’t mean anything
combination – control – structure – in space and time
they create there own music to reflect some materials
use the molecular system to create the music



Artist Lisa Park manipulates water with her mind

Intersting to get direction on how interprete data
EEG headset to monitor the delta, theta, alpha, and beta waves of her brain as well as eye movements and transformed the resulting data with specialized software into sound waves.



Traces by James Alliban

Traces is an exploring art piece of motion, which makes the audience both the performer and the audio-visual composer of this interactive installation. The interaction makes the piece a sort of crowd-sourced performance artwork in which people’s movement creates a role reversal of the traditional dynamic of artist as performer and audience as observer. The user’s movements are captured as data and translated in real time into colourful particles and immersive sounds by David Kamp.



Music from very short programs

Very short C programs and Javascript expressions generating musical output. This is the third video in the series.



Sound garden

Sound Garden engages the viewer/participant in the familiar extended mediation device of audio amplification through the use of microphones and multiple speaker arrays. The participants and observers, however, discover that their interactions transform the invisible motion of sound into visible form.
A Pure data program was used to shift the pitch of audio input to sub audible levels enabling the speakers to move in response to the participants interactions, bringing a visible form to the physical presence of their sound in the environment.




Higgs boson data turned into music at CERN

Seven physicists from CERN created a composition based on measurements from inside the Large Hadron Collider the results were surprisingly traditional, with even a hint of baroque. The scientists are shown playing harps and violins beside the huge particle accelerator in which the Higgs boson was discovered last year.
The music is based on the translation of scientific data collected by the four main Large Hadron Collider experiments in a process known as sonification.
Sonfication works by assigning a musical note to each measurement created by experiments, so that the same data is presented as a musical score.




This artwork responds to the current size and timing of the waves of the closet ocean of its current location. Every half hour the most current data from the closet ocean buoy station is downloaded. Custom software uses the current wave height and dominant wave period data from the buoy and transforms that information into a low frequency sound wave. As the size and timing of the waves in the ocean change so does the frequency of the sound waves produced by the software. These sound waves shake a bowl of water sitting on top of a speaker. This shaking produces wave patterns in the bowl that are captured by a video camera modified by the software and projected onto a wall. As the waves in the ocean change size and frequency the waves in the bowl will also change. This results in continuous variations of the shapes and patterns that one sees and hears which also reflects the constant changing conditions of the ocean.



Video and Sound Help Turn Astronomical Data into Art





Musical Sculptures Translate Weather Data Into Art

Visualizations of music, creative takes on notation, and physical data art are all running fixations at Brain Pickings. Naturally, the work of Boston-based artist Nathalie Miebach, one of this year’s crop of extraordinary TED Global Fellows, is an instant favorite. Miebach translates weather and climate change data from cities into musical scores, which she then translates into vibrant, whimsical sculptures and uses them as the basis for collaboration with musicians across a wide spectrum of styles and genres.
“Musical notation allows me a more nuanced way of translating information without compromising it. She uses these scores to collaborate with musicians across a wide spectrum of styles and genres.” ~ Nathalie Miebach