Sonification of particle systems via de Broglie's Hypothesis
Quantum mechanics states a particle can behave as either a particle or a wave. Thus systems of particles might be likened to a complex superposition of dynamic waves. Motivated by this, the author develops methods for the sonification of particle systems in a logical manner. Many systems and physical phenomena have thus far been simulated, producing a wide range of unique sonic events. The applications that have been explored are for algorithmic sound synthesis and music composition. Of critical importance is addressing the issue of latencies, caused by large complex numerical operations at audio sampling rates. This becomes painfully clear when particles interact with each other. Further applications of this system include scientific sonification, with an appropriate integration of psychoacoustic principles; creating an application for physics and music students to extend and enrich their comprehension of both topics; and inspiring philosophical dialogue regarding the similarities, intersections, and interdependence of Art and Science. Future work aims to produce a real-time application for simulated and real systems, and a deeper integration of quantum mechanics into these techniques.