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Correlating sonic and graphic materials in scientific visualization
Author(s): Brian Evans
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Paper Abstract

A scientific animation, though complete in itself, is rarely seen as complete without a musical score. Sadly the music is often an afterthought showing little relation to the visual materials being presented. This report illustrates a correlative technique that builds a sonic score from the same data that creates the graphics. When the musical score represents aurally what is seen visually a high degree of integration between graphic and sonic elements is achieved. In mapping data into visual or aural materials the question of what is aesthetically successful can find itself in conflict with what is scientifically useful. In graphics a simple color map can often hide pertinent detail in an image. A differentiated map can overemphasize detail and hence distort overall forms and patterns. These same problems exist with pitch quantization and time sample intervals when building sonic maps of abstract data. Employing a series of four studies different levels of sonic detail are illustrated. It is hoped they will serve to encourage investigation in the integration of aural/visual materials into coherent and wholistic data presentation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1990
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1259, Extracting Meaning from Complex Data: Processing, Display, Interaction, (1 August 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19982
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Brian Evans, Univ. of Illinois/Urbana-Champ (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1259:
Extracting Meaning from Complex Data: Processing, Display, Interaction
Edward J. Farrell, Editor(s)

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