Locative sonification: Playing the world through Citygram

Tae Hong Park, Johnathan Turner, Christopher Jacoby, Alex Marse, Michael Musick, Ajay Kapur, Jingyin He

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This paper presents an exploration platform for locative sonification based on audio feature vectors extracted from urban spaces. Our locative sonification research is part of a larger project called Citygram[17]. Citygram focuses on geospatial research that is concerend with automatically collecting, visualizing, analyzing, and mapping nonocular energies from urban environments. The acoustic data is captured via off-the-shelf poly-sensory Androidbased remote sensing devices (RSD). Audio feature vectors are streamed to and stored in the Citygram database which can then be used for sonification and visualization. The first iteration, Citygram One, concentrates on urban acoustic energies, rendering spatio-acoustic feature vectors with the aim of better understanding our environment, large cities in particular. This paper focuses on using the Citygram framework for creative practice via locative sonification.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2013 ICMC Conference
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Developments in Electroacoustics
PublisherInternational Computer Music Association
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780984527427
StatePublished - 2013
Event39th International Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2013 - Perth, WA, Australia
Duration: Aug 11 2013Aug 17 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2013 ICMC Conference: International Developments in Electroacoustics


Conference39th International Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2013
CityPerth, WA


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