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MUSIC OF THE SPHERES

Podcast: The fine art of making data into sound

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It’s like this, but with data.
  • Tim Fernholz
By Tim Fernholz

Senior reporter

Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

This week, Actuality plugs into the weird world of sonification — making data into sound. Pythagoras tried to do it with cosmic spheres. Today, sonification pioneers are making music from climate change and cheeseburger data.

Plus, can you be allergic to Wi-Fi, and is that a disability?

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On this week’s show, Penn State University professor Mark Ballora explains the science of sonification. We talk to fellow PSU sonifier Matthew Kenney, who recently produced some fascinating economic sonifcations for Foreign Affairs. We also talk about Quartz’s love of charts, embodied by Atlas.

Actuality is a podcast jointly produced by Quartz and Marketplace, hosted by Tim Fernholz and Sabri Ben-Achour. Follow us on Twitter, and let us know what you think of the show!

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