Margaret Schedel: The Sounds of Science

Margaret SchedelSpeakerMargaret Schedel, PhD, Associate Professor, Composition and Computer Music, Director of cDACT, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Music, Stony Brook University

Title: The Sounds of Science

Location: Atkins Center – HSC Level 4 (Radiology)

Time: Wed, April 4, 2018 3:00 - 4:00 pm

AbstractIn this talk I will cover several case studies of sonification at Stony Brook University, from x-ray scattering of nano-structures, to FMRI’s of the brain, to the gait of patients with Parkinson’s. Sonification can be used for purely scientific purposes,or as the basis for musical composition. There is a continuum between auditorydisplay, which attempts to faithfully reproduce data in audio, and composition inwhich creativity can be king. In each case, aesthetic decisions must be made inorder to translate data into the auditory domain—either to bring out or hide aquality in the data or to massage the sound of the data in order to fit musicalgoals.

 Bio: Margaret Anne Schedel is a composer and cellist specializing in the creation and performance of ferociously interactive media whose works have been performedthroughout the United States and abroad. As an Associate Professor of Music atStony Brook University, she serves as Co-Director of Computer Music and is theDirector of cDACT, the consortium for digital arts, culture and technology. Herresearch focuses on gesture in music, the sustainability of technology in art,and sonification of data. In her spare time she curates exhibitions focusing on theintersection of art, science, new media, and sound.