A Metaphoric Sonification Method - Towards the Acoustic Standard Model of Particle Physics
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The sound of a sonification has, like any sound, a metaphoric content. Ideally, the sound is designed in a way that it fits the metaphors of the final users. This paper suggests a metaphoric sonification method in order to explore the most intuitive mapping choices with the right polarities. The method is based on recorded interviews, asking experts in a field what they expect data properties to sound like. Language metaphors and sounds of the recordings are then interpreted by the sonification designer. The method has been used for developing an ‘Acoustic Standard Model of particle physics’ with physicists at CERN.