Annoying Noise

A digital synesthesia: experiments in using and abusing sonification for hearing patterns in archaeological data


Most often, when we talk about surfacing patterns in archaeological data, examining and considering their import, we talk about 'visualization'. I wonder if this doesn't blind us to other possibilities. Sound hammers us; we listen hard; it makes our eardrums bleed. Sound is sensual in a way the visual never can be. In this talk, I consider ways in which I have sonified archaeological data and what it might or might not be telling us, if we listen closely.

Lund, Sweden