Sonification Prototype: a binaural translation of Charles Minard's infographic “Figurative Map of the Successive Losses in Men of the French Army in the Russian campaign 1812–1813” (1869)
Demonstrates a potentially useful strategy for depicting complex ‘flow-like’ data structures as auditory icons indexed and mapped within a virtual auditory space designed to exploit the human auditory system’s ability to decipher information through the localization of discrete sound events.
Data-to-Sonic Parameter Mappings:
1. Troop quantities > "Shaking a box of tin soldiers" (auditory icon)
2. Changing temperature > 1) sound quality of ground surface textures, and 2) descending sine wave
3. Location-specific events > Localized sound events such as feet crossing river, battle sound effects, etc.)
4. Troop position (Latitude/Longitude), direction, and distance travelled > Binaural spatialization of auditory icons using Higher Order Ambisonic encoding 2D (distance, azimuth)
Produced through research assistant work performed for the Perceptual Artifacts Lab (OCADU) and the Biomedical Simulation Lab (University of Toronto), 2017.