Understanding The Need For Micro-Gestural Inflections In Parameter-Mapping Sonification
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Most of the software tools used for data sonification have been adopted or adapted from those designed to compose computer music, which in turn, adopted them from abstractly notated scores. Such adoptions are not value-free; by using them, the cultural paradigms underlying the music for which the tools were made have influenced the conceptualization and, it is argued, the effectiveness of data sonifications. Recent research in cognition supports studies in empirical musicology that suggest that listening is not a passive ingestion of organised sounds but is an embodied activity that invisibly enacts gestures of what is heard. This paper outlines an argument for why sonifiers using parametric-mapping sonification should consider incorporating micro-gestural inflections if they are to mitigate The Mapping Problem in enhancing the intelligibility of sonified data.