Murmur : kinetic relief sculpture, multi-sensory display, listening machine
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Today, increasingly varied modes of data representation, coupled with accessible technological resources, have democratized the field of information visualization and opened computing to new user groups. This environment has created a critical mass of consumer-creators who serve up information baked, sautéed, flambéed, stuffed, roasted, pureed, boiled, braised, steamed and flash fried to audiences with discerning pallets. By thoughtfully varying data representation, we can increase opportunities for information to be thoroughly digested. Murmur is a multi-sensory display, an interactive kinetic relief sculpture and listening machine. The design intention is to balance these elements so they enhance one another and are still compelling when considered separately. The aural information that Murmur presently displays is representative of the combination of environmental as well as self-produced sounds picked up by its sensors.