Hear "The Sounds Of Science" This Arts Fest

Jul 12, 2018

Penn State professor Mark Ballora turns datasets into sound and music.
Credit Patrick Mansell / Penn State

Does scientific data have a sound? We’re accustomed to seeing data represented on graphs and pie charts, but Penn State music professor Mark Ballora uses sound to represent data.

“The sounds of science are really cool," Ballora said. "I’ve got some representations of tropical storms that give you an idea of how a tropical storm evolves. It sounds windy. It sounds swirly. It sounds ominous. I’ve got some sounds I’ve made from outer space. From datasets from cosmologists. And they sound pretty spacey and cool.”

Penn State professor Mark Ballora will share his data sonifications at the "Art of Discovery" booth at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in State College Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The "Art of Discovery" booth is next to the Willard Building on the Penn State University Park campus, and presentations will run through Saturday night.