Design Research: Three Ways of Meaning-Making with Sound

Wed - 02.14.2018 - 7:30 PM

Music Building Auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada St., Urbana


There's a commonly held misconception that words, and words alone, can convey meaning. But our everyday experience tells us otherwise. Music, scientific data-sonification, and AR/VR are all examples of nonsymbolic ways humans use sound to create, explore, understand, and communicate meaning. Carla Scaletti will describe how her work on scientific data-sonification and sound design has changed the way she thinks about music composition. 

Carla Scaletti is an experimental composer, the designer of the Kyma sound design language, and a cofounder of the Symbolic Sound Corporation. Her compositions always begin with a "what-if" hypothesis and involve live electronics interacting with acoustic sources and environments. 

Alan Craig, a research scientist with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, serves as the point of contact for humanities, arts, and social science for the National Science Foundation's Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment. His own work has focused on visualization, sonification, virtual reality, and augmented reality.