Sonification Design and Aesthetics

Stephen Barrass, Paul Vickers

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This chapter addresses issues of functionality and aesthetics in sonification by advocating a design- oriented approach that integrates scientific and artistic methods and techniques. Design is an iterative practice-based discipline involving cycles of hypothesis testing and critical evaluation that aims for solutions to specific problems in context. The reviews design methods and practice in sonification and argues for a pragmatic information aesthetic that distinguishes sonification from computer music and psychoacoustics. It argues that the design approach can allow sonification to become a mass medium for the popular understanding and enjoyment of information in a non-verbal sonic form.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Sonification Handbook
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherLogos Verlag
Number of pages586
ISBN (Print)978-3-8325-2819-5
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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