Creating Immersive Soundscapes from Information: An introduction to data sonification (MSR4239.01)

Jen Kutler

In this course, students will learn tools and strategies for creating sound and music from any kind of data. The course will touch on a wide range of topics for using data sonification in sound installation, music performance and audio recording. Students will learn to design and build their own Arduino based sensors, MIDI controllers, Pure Data patches and mechanisms for combining these tools for sound generation and manipulation within a DAW. Students will experiment with large and small data sets ranging from weather related measurements to body worn physiological sensors. By the end of the course, each student will have created a new work with their own unique, self designed data sonification system.

Course materials are estimated to cost $20 per student. Students should check at the College bookstore for availability of these materials.

Learning Outcomes:
- Students will be able to design and build a data sonification system to use for installations, performances and recordings.
- Each student will have a completed a new work based on data sonification practices learned in the course and will have basic skills with Arduino, Pure Data, simple electronic components and soldering.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Send an email to Music coordinator Gina Deibel via, expressing your interest in the course.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 2
F 2:10PM - 4:00PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Fully In-Person , Sound Design and Recording , Two Credit , Updates