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Creating Accessible Media on a Qualtrics Survey

By Jon Bellona August 28, 2022

This post outlines lessons learned from creating an accessible Qualtrics survey involving media players. While we were excited to learn about general user impressions of sounds to help guide our sonification design, we learned a good deal in the creation of an accessible Qualtrics survey involving audio. We wanted to share our lessons learned. Feel…

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Sonification Click Track for Media Synchronization (Part Two)

By Jon Bellona August 23, 2022

This post is the second of two posts that outline the design of sonification click tracks for synchronization of additional media in sonification design. Sonification click tracks provide accurate yet flexible sound design, especially for related media events like axis markers, spearcons, and event-based earcons. Feel free to continue reading about an example sonification mix…

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Sonification Click Track for Media Synchronization

By Jon Bellona August 22, 2022

This post outlines the creation of sonification click tracks for synchronization of additional media in sonification design. The development and use of click tracks provide accurate yet flexible mixing design, especially for related media events like axis markers, spearcons, and event-based earcons. After creating a lot of sonifications in Kyma for this project, I started…

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Audio Display Prototype: Daily Vertical Migration Gets Eclipsed

By Jon Bellona August 18, 2022

Based upon data sonifications I made for the Daily Vertical Migration Gets Eclipsed! Data Nugget, I mocked up an audio display prototype. I still need to get team member reviews and feedback before creating a final version we can integrate into the evaluation phase of the pilot project. Thinking of the audio display as an…

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Audio Description Prototypes for Data Nuggets graphics

By Jon Bellona August 18, 2022

I’ve been a fan of Audio Descriptions (AD) in film and TV for awhile now. Most Netflix original content includes audio descriptions and I used to listen to more shows than I watch. I never have seen Daredevil, but I listened to every minute of it. And Stranger Things never sounded so good – and…

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Data sonification sync with data graph animation

By Jon Bellona August 13, 2022

From creating data sonifications in Kyma, one sonification that I was excited to synchronize audio with the data plot was the Zooplankton daily vertical migration and solar radiation during the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse. This post outlines the data and solar eclipse phenomenon, various sonifications, and the video sync process. The chart and…

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Audio Display Prototype: Net Flux Between Ocean and Atmosphere

By Jon Bellona August 10, 2022

As I work on data sonifications and look ahead to fitting these sounds within contextual audio displays, I recognize there could be an outlined structure for what the final result may look and sound like. From experience with my Data Sonification course in creating audio displays, mixing dialogue and sound effects in music and media,…

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Earcons as Sonification Bookends

By Jon Bellona July 23, 2022

Another takeaway from the co-design session with teachers from the Perkins School for the Blind involved the use of earcons and auditory icons with devices they use in the classroom. The main tool that struck me was LabQuest, a thermometer that sonifies temperature in real-time, and that produces two beeps to signal the turning on…

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Spearcons as X-axis markers in Sonifications

By Jon Bellona July 12, 2022

From early sonification development with lead-PI Amy Bower and our co-design session at Perkins School for the Blind, we discovered that sounds for location and context are essential. I started including spearcons, sped-up speech as auditory icons, to indicate x-axis ticks in the data as part of sonification prototypes.* Beyond contextual cues, there is some…

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Using Audio Markers as Sonification Exploration Prototype

By Jon Bellona July 6, 2022

While reading “Rich Screen Reader Experiences for Accessible Data Visualization” by Zong, et al., two items struck me related to data sonification. First, the literature review and study’s co-design experience amplified the message that screen reader users desire “an overview,” followed by user exploration as part of “information-seeking goals” (Zong et al. 2018). Even though…

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