Doctoral INPhINIT Fellowships - Incoming: "3D Sonification"
In this PhD project we will focus on exploring the best approaches to sonify Integral Field Spectroscopy data, also called 3D spectroscopy, packed in datacubes with 2D spatial information and a third 1D spectral axis, as well as their hyperdimensional products derived from its analysis. The candidate will use raw and processed data from surveys such us CALIFA, MaNGA or SAMI. This is an exploratory endeavor on the best practices to convey the power of these rich datasets to the general audience for educational and outreach purposes by using all available sonification techniques, from audification to parametric mapping or model-based sonifications. The final audio examples will be integrated in powerful animations and will be tested on different audiences to assess their effectivity.
3D sonification is under the umbrella of the CosMonic and Astroaccesible projects lead by Dr. Rubén García-Benito and Dr. Enrique Pérez-Montero, respectively, both researchers at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía. CosMonic is a sonification project with broad interest exploiting sound for analysis, artistic or pedagogical purposes and has produced a number of products for the inclusive astronomy project Astroaccesible which aims to emphasize the dissemination of astronomy to blind and low vision people by putting within their reach concepts and descriptions of the nature of our Universe that are understandable far beyond their visual perception.
Motivated and creative candidates should hold a Master's degree in either Sound Engineering, Music Composition with specialization in electroacoustic music or equivalent. Excellent programming skills and fluent English are essential. They should have a solid background in at least one of the common Music Programming Languages (CSound, Supercollider, ChucK, ...) and be familiar with in Python. Skills in video editing or 2D/3D animation (Blender, ...) are encouraged but not required. Candidates should have strong enthusiasm for scientific research with an interest in astrophysics. They should be highly motivated and flexible team players with the capacity to work independently as well as be innovative, critical and have great problem solving skills.
Period (months): 36 months