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UNNATURAL NATURE: SPATIAL SONIFICATION OF CLIMATE CHANGE DATA

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Zelada, Eloysa
Çamcı, Anil
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In this paper, we describe the design, implementation, and evaluation of a sound installation that is based on the spatial sonification of climate change data on global temperature, CO2 concentration, Arctic and Antarctic ice sheet mass, and sea level variation. Titled “Unnatural Nature,” the installation aims to evoke in the listeners an emotional connection with the data and an increased awareness of climate change. The sound engine underlying the sonification implements a range of sounds that model a natural soundscape as well as those that are more abstract. The sonification also leverages audio spatialization using a higher-order Ambisonic system to create an immersive experience that envelopes the listener in the modeled soundscape. We discuss the technical implementation of the sonification and some of the aesthetic decisions that were incorporated into the installation. We then present the results of a user study that aimed to understand participants’ interpretation of and engagement with the sonification, and its effectiveness in conveying the trends in climate data.
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2023-06
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