Taxonomy and Definitions for Sonification and Auditory Display
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Sonification is still a relatively young research field and many terms such as sonification, auditory display, auralization, audification have been used without a precise definition. Recent developments such as the introduction of Model-Based Sonification, the establishment of interactive sonification and the increased interest in sonification from arts have raised the need to revisit the definitions in order to move towards a clearer terminology. This paper introduces a new definition for sonification and auditory display that emphasizes the necessary and sufficient conditions for organized sound to be called sonification. It furthermore suggests a taxonomy, and discusses the relation between visualization and sonification. A hierarchy of closed-loop interactions is furthermore introduced. This paper aims to initiate vivid discussion towards the establishment of a deeper theory of sonification and auditory display.