I’m still delving into the art and science of data sonification, and considering how it might be used to communicate technical information. In Data Sonification with a Purpose, I reported on some fascinating ways that Brian Foo (The Data Driven DJ) uses sound to report complex statistical information. Another interesting example is for monitoring network traffic—Network Activity Renderer (NeAR).
- Audification – writing data directly to a sound file. This method is used for a data set with many data points. For example, earth quake or solar radiation sonification might include many data points for a single event.
- Parameter mapping – relating different parameters of a data set to distinct musical sounds. This method is used for a data set with multiple data points. For example, solar wind sonification might include parameters for speed, density, and temperature.
Data sonification is an interesting idea, and a topic worth tracking as people try out more implementations. I’m especially interested in its applications for monitoring network traffic and security in public or private cloud landscapes. Here is a Pinterest board for interesting ideas in data sonification: https://www.pinterest.com/mjquisenberry/steps-the-blog-data-sonification/