Materials. Raspberry pi. MIDI controller. Radio Pulsars Data Sets. Coding Langage. Supercollider

To perform this installation I need a dark room with four speakers. It is a very simple and very playful installation.

1. Entering the space. People scan a QR code to access an online PDF with an introduction, a set of instructions, and poetic and scientific texts about Neutron Stars.

2. Accessing the PDF. The QR gives access to this PDF, where the first page contains an introduction and instructions for the installation, and the second page is a scientific text next to a poetic reflection on deforestation to reinforce the message of the artwork.

3. Entering into a playful starry night. In the room, there are two MIDI controllers connected to a small computer. When the participant presses a button on the controller, the computer creates a sonification assigned to that button beforehand. The data of a star is transformed into sound, and by moving the knobs, the reading speed of data changes. This produces alterations in the outcoming sound, so what sounded percussive is transformed into strange melodies, allowing small nuances to be amplified by our curious interaction!

4. (in)Between the sounds of science. the sounds of this installation are the same as the ones used in scientific research, but with the MIDI controllers, a bridge is created to travel between the scientific and interactive potential of sonifications.

Below is an audiovisual representation of scientific sonifications, and ->
to the right is a playful moment from participants at the installation.

The interactive potential of scientific sonifications

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