Seismic sound lab: Sights, sounds and perception of the earth as an acoustic space

Benjamin Holtzman*, Jason Candler, Matthew Turk, Daniel Peter

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

We construct a representation of earthquakes and global seismic waves through sound and animated images. The seismic wave field is the ensemble of elastic waves that propagate through the planet after an earthquake, emanating from the rupture on the fault. The sounds are made by time compression (i.e. speeding up) of seismic data with minimal additional processing. The animated images are renderings of numerical simulations of seismic wave propagation in the globe. Synchronized sounds and images reveal complex patterns and illustrate numerous aspects of the seismic wave field. These movies represent phenomena occurring far from the time and length scales normally accessible to us, creating a profound experience for the observer. The multi-sensory perception of these complex phenomena may also bring new insights to researchers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSound, Music, and Motion - 10th International Symposium, CMMR 2013, Revised Selected Papers
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages161-174
Number of pages14
Volume8905
ISBN (Electronic)9783319129754
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event10th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research, CMMR 2013 - Marseille, France
Duration: Oct 15 2013Oct 18 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume8905
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other10th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research, CMMR 2013
CountryFrance
CityMarseille
Period10/15/1310/18/13

Keywords

  • Audification
  • Seismology
  • Sonification
  • Wave field visualization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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