ArtSciLab Grey Paper: Data Listening, Listening to Data, Data Sonification podcast channel update


Scot Gresham-Lancaster of the UTD ATEC ArtSciLab is the producer of a podcast channel Data and Sound on Creative Disturbance ( ). He has been interviewing key researchers in the emerging field called variously Data Listening, Listening to Data and Data Sonification. If you are interested in being interviewed for this channel please contact me at

here is a ArtSciLab Grey Paper with a summary of the publications to date:

Roger Malina


UTD ATEC ArtSci Lab Grey Paper #3.0:

“Sound and Data” Podcast Channel of Pioneers and Practioners in the emerging field of data sonification. 


FEB. 15, 2019

Scot Gresham-Lancaster ORCID#0000-0002-8400-6041

Roger Malina,

Sharath Chandra Ram



This artscilab grey paper summarises the scope and content of the Sound and Data Channel on Creative Disturbance produced by Scot Gresham Lancaster. The channel publishes podcasts with pioneers and current practitioners in the area of data sonification, also known as listening to data or data listening.


Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Podcasts with Pioneers
  3. Podcasts with current Practioners
  4. Conclusion
  5. Acknowledgements



  • Introduction


Working with the Art Science Lab that is part of ATEC at the University of Texas at Dallas, Scot Gresham-Lancaster got a chance to do a series of podcasts via the podcast aggregate Creative Disturbance. Over the last four years Research Artist Gresham-Lancaster has been talking to some of the foremost experts doing research, theorizing and performing using the various techniques and concepts that the idea of LISTENING TO DATA can lead to. This has been an opportunity to have frank and open discussions with many of the pioneers and current experts in the field.


This has been a rare opportunity to speak in detail about the “lessons learned” and workflows that addressing the conversion of data into audio and present in a wide variety of unique auditory solutions that have been very informative and helped guide our work to new horizons.


Here is the header on the “Sound and Data” website:

Auditory perception has advantages in temporal, amplitude, and frequency resolution that open possibilities as an alternative or complement to visualization techniques. The implications and techniques of this approach to extending the perception of data to the sense of hearing will be the focus of this channel.


The following is a hypertext link to each of the podcasts in the series up until the Fall of 2018. We start with the discussions that were with the actual pioneers of the field and then move onto the many current researchers and practitioners in the field. The reader is encouraged to follows these links and listen to the podcasts that catch their interest. This podcast has enable a discussion this topic with the top practitioners in the world. Their biographies are associated with each hyperlink.

2. The Pioneers of the field:

Pauline Oliveros – Some Thoughts on Sonification


The Field of Sonification – Greg Kramer


Carla Scaletti-Early Pioneer of Sonification Research


What follows is a listing of the current practitioners that we have had the opportunity to have in-depth conversations. They are listed in alphabetical order.


3. Current Practitioners


Mark Ballora – Sonification Research


Talking Trees – Bert Barten


Andrew Blanton The Conductor


Chris Chafe Brain Stethoscope and other projects


Roger Dean [ENG]Intonation and Cognition


  1. Alexis Emelianoff [ENG] Listening to Electromagnetic Fields


Florian Grond and Listening Mode Centered Sonification


Martin Keary Making the YouTube critique of Sonification


Marco Buongiorno Nardelli Material Sound Music


Sophia Roosth – All the Senses


Margaret Schedel and the Sounds of Science


Dr. Paul Vickers – Sonification, Ethical Computing and Standup Comedy [ENG]


Mike Winters – Sonification of Emotion


David Worral [ENG] An overview of decades work in Sonification


4. Conclusion

The hope is that this introduction to this resource will lead to some readers listening to the hours of interviews associated with the Sound and Data channel. It has been a great thrill to get the perspectives of these dedicated artists and scientists as they are all working at the frontier of these new Audio Art practices. If you are an artist or researcher involved in data sonification work and would be interested in publishing a podcast- please contact the producer Scot Gresham Lancaster.


5. Acknowledgements

We thank all the members of the Data Stethoscope team for their participation on the development of these ideas: Gagan Wig,  Tim Perkis, Andrew Blanton, Adnan Syed, Judd Bradbury, Michela Chan, Neil Savalia, Cassini Nazir, Kristen Duepree and Make or Break gaming company


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