Chapter 12: Sonifying the world
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Sonification or the translation of data into sound is a fast-growing method for the communication of ecological and geological change within the physical sciences and the creative arts. Within the intersections of art and science, it is being used to interrogate the distancing of the natural world from the human, both with the aim of patterning myriad events of anthropogenic environmental crisis, and to engender an empathetic and ethical political response to the rapid loss of species and lands. This chapter explores how data sonifications are being used as a tool for more-than-human understanding and the communication thereof, working beyond simple representations of data to create affective and emotional bonds to worlds usually inaccessible to human experience. Specifically, it examines how sonifications are deployed to bring vast and inhuman spatial and temporal scales, ecologies and processes into human measurements to create new knowledge of, and relationships with, global and extra-planetary environments. It argues for the role of these sonic and affective technologies in the apprehension of catastrophic and long ranging events beyond what can be approached by immediate human sense.

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