Yuka Murakami

Cosmocosm: Sound Planetarium
2015-ongoing, data sonification, sound installation

The Sound Planetarium is a six channel audio installation in which you hear the night sky. Through a process of data sonification and ambisonics, we used star data and its properties provided by Adam Burgasser (PhD, Physics, UCSD) to convert into sound, and spatialize across a multi-channel speaker system. The program is designed so that you hear the stars travelling in their projected travel path - this mimics the way audiences would experience a planetarium, but in a total sonic form. As of 2018 we have developed a version of this program in VR, which was tested at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., represented by the NSF. This project is ongoing and fluid to new adaptations as we explore the disciplines of media performance, big data processing, and cross-modal sensory perception.

This project is a collaboration directed by astrophysicist Adam Burgasser and new media artist Tara Knight, made possible by UCSD Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program and CU Boulder Grand Challenge Innovative Seed Grant.

Sound Planetarium - March 2017 Demo from Tara Knight on Vimeo.