Mark Ballora
Sonification Champion

Mark Ballora: Sonification stratagies for the next generation

with Scot Gresham-Lancaster / 12 April 2017 / 30:35

Mark came to my attention as an individual doing some of the most innovative work in the new field. I reached out in winter of 2017 to speak to Mark about his work in sonification that I had been tracking for years He was one of the most innovative and fully realized practitionaers of thsi new field of study. In July of 2019 the newly appointed director of the Arts & Design Research Incubator at Penn State, Mark unexpectedly died Thursday, July 18, 2019. He was 57 years old. He is sorely missed by his students, his collegues and all of us working in this new field. An example of the attention his work had garnered is here:
Meet the scientist who turns data into music—and listen to the sound of a neutron star

Bio:Mark Ballora holds a joint appointment in the School of Music and the School of Theatre at Penn State. He received degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles, New York University, and McGill University. He is the author of Digital Audio and Acoustics for the Creative Arts (Oxford University Press, 2016). Major recognition of his work in came with the use of his sonifications of astronomical and physiological datasets that have been used by percussionist/ethnomusicologist Mickey Hart as part of performances of the Mickey Hart Band, and on their albums Mysterium Tremendum and Superorganism, the film Rhythms of the Universe, which Hart conceived with cosmologist George Smoot.
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