Sonification of physical quantities throughout history: a meta-study of previous mapping strategies
Human Communication seminar series
We introduce a meta-study of previous sonification designs taking physical quantities as input data. The aim is to constitute a solid ground for future sonification works, so that auditory display researchers would be able to take benefit from former studies and avoid to start from scratch when beginning new sonification projects. This work is at an early stage and the objective is rather to introduce the methodology than to come to definitive conclusions. First, we explain how to collect a large amount of articles and extract useful information about mapping strategies. Then, we present physical quantities grouped by conceptual dimension as well as the sound parameters used in sonification designs and we summarize the current state of the study by showing the couplings extracted from the article database. A total of 64 articles have been examined so far. Finally, we present a preliminary analysis of the results.