The Sounds of Science #02

SEEING WITH SOUND

In this episode I take a listen to the vOICe technology which has been developed to help the blind ‘see’ with sound.

I’m joined by Dr Michael Proulx of Queen Mary University London who is currently using the vOICe technology to understand how different sense modalities interact to give rise to perception.  Dr Proulx tells me how the vOICe technology can be used to induce a type of ‘synthetic vision’ and how this is achieved through the process of ‘sensory substitution’.

To find out more about how the software creates sound from visual information we put it to the test with the use of several interesting images (below).

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So if you ever wanted to know what a banana or even a goat might ‘sound’ like you’ve come to the right place!

You can download the episode here (right click ‘save target as’ to download)

Or listen to this feature within episode 078 of Short Science.

For further information on the vOICe technology, visit: www.seeingwithsound.com

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Music to smash atoms to

Kate Simko’s ‘Music from the Atom Smashers’ (2009) is a beautiful and serene collection of tracks made as the soundtrack for the documentary ‘The Atom Smashers’

Simko is an American born electronic producer and DJ, who produces an interesting and subtle blend of techno; her classical piano training is certainly evident in the wonderfully rich and melodic textures of her work.

If you have spotify you can check out Music from the Atom Smashers here:

Kate Simko – Music from the Atom Smashers

If you want to listen to her most recent work, check out her Myspace

The film itself details three years at the American Fermilab, examining the concerns arising from the fact that it is often politicians, not scientists, who decide upon the future and value of science within society.

Tuition Fees Protest (10/10/10)

A brief video put together by students of the MSc Science Media Production course at Imperial College London – thanks go to Andrew Bailey, Ed Prosser and Katie Draper.

The video reflects upon the mostly peaceful nature of the student tuition fees protest which marched past Westminster on Wednesday 10th November 2010.

The BBC provides useful coverage on the continuing University Funding debate: click here.

The Sounds of Science #01

LHC Sound Project

In the first episode I explore the work scientists have been doing to turn the data from the Large Hadron Collider at Cern into sound.

Through a process known as ‘sonification’ – data from the ATLAS experiment at CERN can be transformed into sound, providing an insight into what the elusive Higgs Boson may sound like.

You can download the episode here (right click ‘save target as‘ to download)

Or listen to this feature within episode 074 of Short Science.

For more information on the LHC sound project check out http://lhcsound.hep.ucl.ac.uk/