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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 (École Supérieure d'Art d'Aix en Provence, École Nationale Supérieure d'Art de Nice Villa Arson) and LAMES MMSH (Laboratoire Méditerranéen de Sociologie) in partnership with CRiSAP (Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice, LCC Univ. of the Arts London), IMERA (Institut Méditerranéen de Recherches Avancées) & Seconde Nature.
Observers : Jean-Paul Ponthot (ESA Aix en Provence), Cathy Lane (CRiSAP UAL London).

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 at Seconde Nature.
  • 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, salle Paul Bert Février)   access map
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



People and Data, space to sound : representation and performativity

  biography Sinclair
biography Augoyard
biography Cristofol
biography Jones
biography Tanaka
    (Seconde Nature, Aix en Provence downtown)    
6:00pm to 10:00pm Audition & Performances

(in-progress programme)

  •  (DJ) Jean-Paul Ponthot (listening session)   •   Jens Brand (G-Turns)   •   John Eacott (Hour Angle)   •   Peter Gena (DNA installation)   •   Scott Gresham-Lancaster McCall.DEM   •   Marty Quinn (video)   •   Lee Patterson (Nut Burn)   •   Victoria Vesna (video-sound work)   •   Valentina Vuksic (Tripping Through Runtime)   •   Peter Sinclair (RoadMusic)   •  
     * Networked Music & SoundArt Timeline - A panoramic view of practices & technics related to sound transmission and distance, edited by Jérôme Joy,    
  FRIDAY 5 MARCH École Supérieure d'Art d'Aix (amphi)   access map
9:30am Roundtable 3 :

moderator: Samuel Bordreuil

Proposed panel :

Alejo Duque

Scott Fitzgerald

Florian Grond

Peter Sinclair

Valentina Vuksic

Sonification and artifacts

Unwary Instruments


Historic music/technological perspective


Tripping Through Runtime
  biography Bordreuil
biography Duque
biography Fitzgerald
biography Sinclair
biography Vuksic
12:00am Break for lunch      
2:00pm Roundtable 4 :

moderator: Angus Carlyle

Proposed panel :

Jens Brand

John Eacott

Scot Gresham-Lancaster

Marty Quinn

Earth Matters

Flood Tide & Hour Angle

Remapping: Interest and Abstraction in converting "hard" data for artistic sonic uses

MoveMusic : The Perception of Art, Dance, and Science Through Image and Movement Sonification

  biography Carlyle
biography Brand
biography Eacott
biography Gresham-Lancaster
biography Quinn
5:00pm (end of the symposium)      
    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 : Céline Artal.

map & contacts

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

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