Sonification in Music
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Seen from the vantage point of cultural history, contemporary sonification is essentially characterised by two aspects that to date have seldom been considered in combination: the first aspect is sonification as the transformation of the inaudible into the sphere of the audible, and the second its use as an instrument for gaining knowledge via the concrete listening experience. One of the aims of the research project “Denkgeräusche” ("Sounds of Thought"), conducted at Bern University of the Arts, was to make a contribution to a (yet unwritten) cultural history of sonification. With this target in mind, a database was compiled of historical and contemporary musical compositions in which procedures associated with sonification were employed.