Tweetscapes - Real-time Sonification of Twitter data streams for Radio Broadcasting

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Title: Tweetscapes - Real-time Sonification of Twitter data streams for Radio Broadcasting
Author: Hermann, Thomas ; Nehls, Anselm Venezian ; Eitel, Florian ; Barri, Tarik ; Gammel, Marcus
Abstract: This paper introduces Tweetscapes, a system that transforms message streams from Twitter in real-time into a soundscape that allows the listener to perceive characteristics of twitter messages such as their density, origin, impact, or how topics change over time. Tweetscapes allows the listener to be in touch with the social platform / medium Twitter and to understand its dynamics. We developed Tweetscapes with and for the Sound Art department of Germany-wide radio program Deutschlandradio Kultur where the sonifications are now broadcast several times per week for a few minutes since October 2011. The goal was to create a new sense of media awareness and an example for how sound can support monitoring applications differently than mere alarms. This paper introduces the methods, the ideas, the design, the sounds, and it discusses our experiences with, and novel interaction possibilities offered by Tweetscapes.
Description: Presented at the 18th International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD2012) on June 18-21, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. Reprinted by permission of the International Community for Auditory Display,
Type: Proceedings
ISSN: 2168-5126
Citation: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Auditory Display, Atlanta, GA, USA, 18-21 June 2012. Ed. Michael A. Nees, Bruce N. Walker, Jason Freeman. The International Community for Auditory Display, 2012. 113-120.
Date: 2012-06
Contributor: Universität Bielefeld
Deutschlandradio Kultur
Relation: ICAD2012. Papers IV: Sonification
Publisher: Georgia Institute of Technology
Subject: Auditory display
Sonification of Twitter data
Sonification design
Sonification of Twitter data
Sound streams

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