Sonification in an Artistic Context: Creation of a Tool for Composition with Extra-musical Data, more Specifically Using Data from the Stock Exchange

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Type: 
Master, Doctorate and Post-Doctorate
Main researcher: 
Samuel Van Ransbeeck (100%)
Team elements (%affectation): 
António de Sousa Dias (advisor)
Abstract: 

This research, centred on musical composition with complex data, is integrated in the area of computer-assisted music. This type of composition is mainly characterised by the use of extra-musical data extracted from various origins as a musical source. For example, using data from stock exchanges, meteorological stations, seismic stations, etc.
The project consists in developing a programming application addressed exclusively to composers, whose interests include using complex data (as musical sources) in their own compositions.
The development of the project will be accompanied by an in-depth study into issues of application or mapping (“translating” the data into musical elements) and by experiments in the form of compositions made by the investigator/composer or by a group of composers.

Activities: 
  • March 2011: presentation of the symposium “The Sound of Data/The sound of a Crisis” (talk and concert)
  • July 2012: a poster was presented in the proceedings of the conference The Global Composition in Dieburg, Germany. The poster treated state of the art of sonification in an artistic context.
  • October 2012- January 2013: a period abroad in Graz, Austria, at the Institut fur Elektronische Musik (IEM). The reason for going to Graz was because IEM focuses part of its investigation on sonification and algorithmic composition – two central elements of the doctoral project. I took the opportunity to contact Dr. Kathi Vogt, responsible for the SYSSON project of systematised sonification of climate data.
  • March 2013: presentation at the Code Control festival in Leicester, United Kingdom
  • March-August 2013: a chapter in the book entitled subversive data use (working title), published by Springer Publishing. I am currently writing the chapter which will obviously be part of my thesis.
State: 
Ongoing
Research group: 
Computer Music and Sound
Summary: 

This research, centred on musical composition with complex data, is integrated in the area of computer-assisted music. This type of composition is mainly characterised by the use of extra-musical data extracted from various origins as a musical source. For example, using data from stock exchanges, meteorological stations, seismic stations, etc.
03/2011 to 08/2013