SoniPy is an
open-source project for the collection,
creation and integration of open-source Python modules for data
What is data sonification?
The general meaning
of the term data sonification
is the acoustic
representation of data for relational interpretation by listeners, for
the purpose of increasing their knowledge of the source from which the
data was acquired.
is information sonification?
The term Data
sonification does fully
describe what occurs in practice,
namely that it is often data relations
that are sonified rather than the data itself. Relations are
abstractions of, or from, the data and the sonification of them more
explicitly implies sonifier intent.
distinction is not important the term sonification
Sonification is an
with its rootsin music composition, perceptual psychology, acoustics
and psychoacoutics, so it is not surprising that a diverse range of
research and production
tools is required.
read more ... (thesis)
and integrating components that can
work together is a time-consuming and somewhat frustrating task. The
SoniPy project collects tools by collating
public-domain Python modules which are suitable for the purpose and
integrating them using a modular framework. When a suitable tool is not
available, the task is to make one.
In doing so, SoniPy
aims to provide a community resource for software developers who want
to contribute to the development of a comunity resource and for
sonifiers who don't
have the time, skill or inclination to independently go through the
process of putting together such a coherently-functioning
you like to contribute?
welcome from anyone with an interest
in better sonification resources– not just software
but researchers using sound who could benefit from better
experimentation tools, psychoacoustic modellers tc.
tasks include external library wrapping
for example), specific
module testing and documentation,
interface design for undertaking empirical experiments to name but a
few. Perhaps you already have a module which would fit into the
framework. Suggestions are welcome! Just click through to the CONTACT
page for details. We have a strong commitment to friendly,
is segmented into a number of
processes, as illustrated by the following figure. Python modules are
collected according to their function in those processes and Menu items
on the left link to pages about modules that have been tested.
The SoniPy Project
aims to be useful for a diverse range
of users, from the adventurous psychologist to the experienced
composer: researchers, software developers, industrial user-interface
designers, sonifiers. The Project began in 2006 and so some areas of
the website are still just sketches and should be read in conjunction
with the FORUMs.
If you'd like to lend a hand, see below.
How you use this
website will be pretty much determined
by your previous experience:
- If you're keen
to get started and haven't done any
Python scripting, select the PYTHON
menu on the left.
- To try out some
of the numerical tools, select DATA.
- To explore the
sound-synthesis possibilities, select SOUND.
Some of pages are
more advances than others and we are
keen to hear from you about your experiences in putting together a
More detail required?
you'd like to read
something more about the background to the project, try these:
2007 paper (.pdf, 628k), by
David Worrall, Michael Bylstra, Stephen
Barrass and Roger Dean, delivered at the International Conference on
Auditory Display in Montreal 2007, is a full introductory discussion of
the motivations and concepts involved in SoniPy. ICoMCS
(.pdf, 456k), by David Worrall, delivered at the International
Conference on Music Communication Science in Sydney 2007, is a less
technical introduction with more emphasis on musical applications.
The SoniPy project
has been established as a
public-domain, community-based project so it can evolve as its
components evolve to meet the changing needs of the sonification
community. It uses only public-domain software and, although it is
being initially developed on Macintosh OSX, the aim is to eventually
release for all major hardware platforms.
component modules and their libraries are
written by a diverse range of unconnected people, there is a diverse
degree-of-difficulty in building and/or installing these third-party
tools. This degree-of-difficulty exponentiates when a module has
dependencies which themselves need to be compiled.
Our approach is to
help? Make contact!
modules where the download and installation
is simple or automatic, where possible, or
modules where the build requires as few
other dependencies as possible without compromising quality, or
- build or rebuild
the modules ourselves and release
the build via our sourceforge site. This "repackaging" is our preferred
modus operandi but has has copyright implications which need to be
worked through with the software's author(s). See the under the DOWNLOAD
If you have a project that requires sonification–from user
interfaces to controlled sound environments, to the perceptualisation
of large multivraiate datasets, see the the CONTACT
page for how to get in touch.