Music technology professor provides sonifications for Mickey Hart album

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Mark Ballora, associate professor of music technology at Penn State, 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 to 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

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Last Updated January 09, 2015