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Making Music with Computers by Andrew R. Brown, Bill Manaris

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Chapter 7

Sonification and Big Data

Topics: Data sonification, mapValue() and mapScale(), Kepler, Python strings, music from text, Guido d’Arezzo, nested loops, file input/output, Python while loop, big data, biosignal sonification, defining functions, image sonification, Python images, visual soundscapes.

7.1 Overview

According to Scaletti (1993), “the idea of representing data in sound is an ancient one. For the ancient Greeks music was not an art-for-art’s sake, practiced in a vacuum, but a manifestation of the same ratios and relationships as those found in geometry or in the positions and behaviors of the planets.” Pythagoras, Plato, and Aristotle worked on quantitative expressions of proportion and beauty, such as the golden ratio. Pythagoreans, ...

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