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Combining Computer Science With Percussions


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Marty QuinnMarty Quinn turning data into Music
Turning data into Music. Why music? Not only do we love music, but it just so happens that music is composed of a very rich palette of qualities upon which data may be mapped and thereby perceived by the brain through the auditory channel. Music stimulates cognition and memory, and offers those who are blind or visually handicapped the opportunity to understand information and gain knowledge in new ways. By working with scientists who are shedding new light on our world, and the museums and centers who are helping to disseminate it, we seek to create innovative, pleasurable and accessible audio information presentation solutions for the public to "get it" by hearing. Whether online or live, our work makes science accessible to more people, and maybe, just maybe, its like listening to the music of the spheres.

Created by computer scientist and composer / percussionist Marty Quinn, these sonifications demonstrate how data of all kinds can be translated into music for the purposes of expanding and enhancing our perception of the earth and our environment. Dr. Rita Colwell, former director of The National Science Foundation, cited this work in one of her speeches for being an innovative merging of art and science.

Currently, they are touring "Walk on the Sun" as part of new NASA sponsored program under the title "Light Runners". We are looking to show the exhibit for a week at a time in 12 cities at science centers and run special programs for the visually impaired at the science center or at the centers for the blind. The exhibit may also be purchased from DRSRL. (Source: www.drsrl.com)

In the mid 70's, Marty (Clay Drums, Tabla) performed with Do'ah (World Music Ensemble), a band founded by multi-instrumentalists/composers Randy Armstrong and Ken LaRoche.

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