The blog posts of this section relate to the course MCT4046 Sonification and Sound Design. The aim of the course is to develop knowledge of and practical experience with sonification, including sound design, interface implementation and perceptual analysis. The interface design process extends from requirements in the problem domain to evaluation of the auditory display.


  • Sonification of Near Earth Objects

    Sonification of Near Earth Objects

    As a part of a two-week workshop in the Sonification and Sound design course, we worked on the development of a self-chosen sonification project. For three days we explored how to design and build an auditory model of Near-Earth Objects (NEO) with data collected from NASA.

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  • Blue sky visions on sonic futures

    Blue sky visions on sonic futures

    Pedro Duarte Pestana was the final guest speaker who joined us virtually with his presentation 'Career Management in Music Technology / Knowledge Engineering in Music Technology and Sonic Arts' from Porto. Pedro was the first student in Portugal who held a PhD in computer music. He works as a researcher and consulter for emerging audio technologies and intelligent systems.

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  • A generic overview to the 'Sound in Space' exhibition at KIT

    A generic overview to the 'Sound in Space' exhibition at KIT

    Marking the final event before Easter and from our Sonification and Sound design course I was tasked to visit the group exhibition 'Sound in Space' that took place on the 11th of April at Gallery KIT, Trondheim. It was also the closing event for the sound art course in which music-technology and fine art academy students (NTNU) could participate.

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  • Brexisonification

    Brexisonification

    The goal in the project is to sonify Brexit, in a way that the audience could interpret new insight from the data through audio.

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  • The Sound of Traffic - Sonic Vehicle Pathelormeter

    The Sound of Traffic - Sonic Vehicle Pathelormeter

    Is it possible to transmit complex data-sets within an instance of a sound, so the content gets revealed? As communication and dissemination of information in our modern digital world has been highly dominated by visual aspects it led to the fact that the modality of sound got neglected. In order to test the hypothesis, the project presents a model for sonification of temporal-spatial traffic data, based on principle of Parametric Mapping Sonification (PMSon) technique.

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  • MuX -playground for real-time sound exploration

    MuX -playground for real-time sound exploration

    It was so fascinating to have Edo Fouilloux in the MCT sonification seminar series. Edo is a visual innovator and a multidisciplinary craftsman of graphics, sound, computing, and interaction. He co-founded Decochon in 2015 to work with Mixed Reality (XR) technologies. MuX is a pioneering software in the field of interactive music in virtual reality systems. Edo demonstrated the concepts and philosophies inside Mux, where it is possible to build and play new instruments in the virtual space.

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  • Presentation by Pamela Z

    Presentation by Pamela Z

    As part of our Sonification and Sound Design course (MCT4046), we were fortunate enough to host scholars and artists which are well established within the sonification and sound design field. Pamela Z is a composer, performer and a media artist who is known for her work of voice with electronic processing. Pamela arrived in Norway for several workshops and performances, and we were lucky enough to have her for a short presentation on April 4th. After a brief introduction by Tone Åse who has been a long-time fan of Pamela’s work, Pamela started the session with a 10 minutes performance of a live improvised mashup of several existing pieces she often performs. While performing, Pamela is being circled by several self-made sensory devices that are connected to her laptop. On her hands, she wears sensors that send signals to her hardware setup. She sings and makes sounds with her voice, hands, and body and manipulates all that with hand gestures.

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  •  An Overview of Sonification by Thomas Hermann

    An Overview of Sonification by Thomas Hermann

    It was my privilege and honour to facilitate a guest lecture and introduce one of the 'Gurus' in the field of sonification, Dr. Thomas Hermann. He shared his enormous knowledge on sonification with hands on exercises for two days (March 28, and 29, 2019) through the MCT portal in Trondheim. I am quite excited to share my notes and will try to cover the summary of his talks in this blog.

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  • Using Speech As Musical Material

    Using Speech As Musical Material

    As a part of a three-week workshop in the course Sonification and Sound design at MCT, we were lucky to have Daniel Formo as a guest speaker.

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  • Advanced collaborative spaces, tele-immersive systems and the Nidarøs Sculpture

    Advanced collaborative spaces, tele-immersive systems and the Nidarøs Sculpture

    Leif Arne Rønningen introduced us to 'Advanced Collaboration Spaces, requirements and possible realisations' and to the 'Nidarø Sulpture', a dynamic vision and audio sculpture. In both parts Leif's main research areas on tele-immersive collaboration systems and low latency networks are at the forfront.

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  • Composition and mapping in sound installations “Flyndre” and “VLBI Music”

    Composition and mapping in sound installations “Flyndre” and “VLBI Music”

    Øyvind Brandtsegg talks about the creation and life cycle of two art installations in this inspiring talk. Follow the link to read about the first lecture in a series about sonification.

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  • The Sounds We Like

    For our first lesson in the Sonification and Sound Design course, we were asked to give a short presentation of a sonification or a sound design of choice. It was interesting to see the variety of examples among our classmates. Each of us brought a unique example and explained what is it about? why did they choose it? and how does it relate to our work at the MCT program?

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