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Sonification (what, where, how, why)
LOCUS SONUS audio in art

from the 4th to the 5th of March 2010
École Supérieure d'Art d'Aix en Provence
MMSH - Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme

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Symposium Sonification (what, where, how, why)

The purpose of this symposium is to conduct a state of the art review of the use sonification* within art projects, with a focus on the use of data taken from our surroundings (in a broad sense) as opposed to gestural interfaces or electronic instruments.

a) What distinguishes sonification from other forms of data mediation ?

b) What are the different ways in which sonification is used in art ?

c) What parallels, similarities, differences & contradictions exist between the use of sonification or audio display for technical & for artistic purposes ?

d) What differences in the artistic approach does the use of realtime as opposed to recorded data imply ?

e) What is the importance of the relationship between the source of data and the way in which it is mediated ?

* “Sonification is the use of non-speech audio to convey information data to sound”. G. Kramer, B. Walker, T. Bonebright, P. Cook, J. Flowers, N. Miner, and J. Neuhoff, “Sonification report: Status of the field and research agenda,” Tech. Rep., International Community for Auditory Display, 1999,


The symposium SONIFICATION will be organized as a series of 3 half day round table debates + 1 evening sessions where participants are invited to propose demonstrations, performances or documentation of work related to the theme. The Symposium is organized by Locus Sonus and LAMES in partnership with CRISAP (LCC Univ. of the Arts London), IMERA & Seconde Nature.

The schedule is as follows:
  • On Thursday the 4th, two round table sessions of half a day will be held at LAMES MMSH
  • On Thursday evening, Second Nature is set aside for demos and performances.
  • On Friday the 5th, two other round table sessions of half a day will be held in the amphitheater at l'Ecole Superieure d'Art d'Aix en Provence.

4th to 5th March 2010

  THURSDAY 4 MARCH LAMES MMSH (Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme, amphi)    
9:00am Jérôme Joy
(Locus Sonus)
What NMSAT* says about sonification   biography Joy
9:30am Roundtable 1 :

moderator: Roger Malina

Proposed panel :

Peter Gena

Lee Patterson

Victoria Vesna

There is more space beneath: nano, micro data

Sonification of DNA

Bubble Music

Sound, Science and Consciousness
  biography Malina
biography Gena
biography Patterson
biography Vesna
12:00am Break for lunch      
2:00pm Roundtable 2 :

moderator: Peter Sinclair

Proposed panel :

Jean-François Augoyard

Jean Cristofol

Stuart Jones

Atau Tanaka

Humans, habitat and sonification




  biography Sinclair
biography Augoyard
biography Cristofol
biography Jones
biography Tanaka
6:00pm Audition & Performances
(buffet dinner)
(Seconde Nature, Aix en Provence downtown)

  FRIDAY 5 MARCH École Supérieure d'Art d'Aix (amphi)    
9:00am RoundTable : Audiotopies

Samuel Bordreuil (LAMES, CNRS, Univ. de Provence)

Jean-Paul Thibaud (CRESSON, Grenoble)

Gabriel Bérubé (Cresson, Grenoble)

Patrick Romieu (CRESSON, Grenoble)

Peter Sinclair (Locus Sonus)

Angus Carlyle (CRiSAP LCC, Univ. of the Arts London)

Une Dacia musicale

Les quasi-présences de l'écoute au casque

Diversion, une expérience sonore en espace public urbain

Le Mort en ses espaces sonores

LSinSL & New Atlantis : Locus Sonus exploring audio
possibilities of virtual spaces

Sounding the Place Out : Exploring Acoustic Environments

 → biography (Bordreuil)
pdf intro

 → biography (Thibaud)
pdf intro

 → biography (Bérubé)
pdf intro

 → biography (Romieu)
pdf intro

 → biography (Sinclair)
pdf intro

 → biography (Carlyle)
pdf intro
2:00pm Roundtable :
collective organizations

Alejo Duque (Locus Sonus)

Kazuhiro Jo (CultureLab, Newcastle Univ.)

Pedro Rebelo (SARC Belfast)

Alain Renaud (Univ. Of Bournemouth)

Pedro Soler (Le Hangar Barcelona)

Ragnar Helgi Olafsson (LORNA, Reykjavik)

Julien Clauss (Locus Sonus)

Locus Sonus as a research lab from the perspective
of the streambox development (FLOSS)

The Music One Participates:
From Practices of The SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA

Connected Spaces and Acoustics Morphings

Neither Here Nor There

Toposone - performances de champ libre

 → biography (Duque)
pdf intro

 → biography (Jo)
pdf intro

 → biography (Rebelo)
pdf intro

 → biography (Renaud)
pdf intro

 → biography (Soler)
pdf intro

 → biography (Olafsson)
pdf intro

 → biography (Clauss)
pdf intro
5:00pm (end of the symposium)      
  THURSDAY 5 MARCH (Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme, amphi)    
10:00am EU-Phonic Project
Work session
(Locus Sonus, CRiSAP LCC London, CultureLab Newcastle, Le Hangar Barcelona, Kibla Maribor, LORNA Reykjavik, SARC Belfast, STEIM Amsterdam )    
2:00pm ANR Project
Art Sonore, Ambiances urbaines, prise de Place Publique

Work session
(Locus Sonus, LAMES CNRS Univ. de Provence, CRESSON Grenoble, Telecom Paristech / ENST Paris)    
    The symposium is semi-public. Thanks to subscribe and to send a message to d'Anne Roquigny

Video and audio documentations: Solange Grenna et Fabien Artal. English and French translations : Peter Sinclair.

map & contacts

Anne Roquigny: admin (at)      mob: +33 (0)6 62 11 04 54
Jérôme Joy: joy (at)      mob: +33 (0)6 81 25 98 16

Access to École Supérieure d'Art d'Aix en Provence
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Access to MMSH (Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme)
Université de Provence - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - Université Paul Cézanne
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documentation and
images: Locus Sonus Lab