Arts and Design Research Incubator events to address sonification

October 01, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Arts and Design Research Incubator (ADRI) in the College of Arts and Architecture will host two events Oct. 6-7 about sonification — the use of non-speech audio to convey information or perceptualize data. Led by Mark Ballora, associate professor of music technology, both events will be held in 16 Borland Building.

At noon on Tuesday, Oct. 6, Ballora will give a presentation titled, “Sonification, the Music of Science: Creating Soundscapes from the Earth, the Cosmos and More,” as part of ADRI’s lunchtime Dialogues series. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch to this hourlong session, during which Ballora will discuss sonification projects that have been done in different areas.

At 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, there will be a screening of "Rhythms of the Universe," followed by a discussion about how the cosmos was sonified for this short science outreach film. "Rhythms of the Universe," created by cosmologist George Smoot (Lawrence Berkeley Labs, 2006 Nobel co-laureate) and Mickey Hart (drummer with the Grateful Dead, ethnomusicologist), premiered at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in September 2013. This showing will include the 22-minute film, portions of the discussion that preceded and followed it at the premiere, and a presentation of some of the sonifications that appear in the film’s soundtrack.

ADRI, a unit of the College of Arts and Architecture Research Office, provides support for high-impact arts and design research projects and will present a series of events throughout the fall 2015 semester. All events take place in 16 Borland Building. For more information, visit or call 814-865-5126.

Last Updated October 05, 2015