November 19th, Dimond Library, level 3 (main level) 10am to 4pm
Walk on the Sun is an engaging new interactive space science exhibit which facilitates perception of scientific data and imagery through music and movement. It will be showcased at the Library’s GIS Day celebration on November 19.
Since 1992, Marty Quinn has worked on numerous scientific projects to represent data through the cognitively rich domain of music. Over the past several years, he received two NASA grants for an innovative approach using image sonification to communicate the content of images from NASA's STEREO space mission. He currently works for the Space Science Center at UNH's EOS (Morse Hall) supporting two NASA missions known as CRaTER and IBEX.
Walk on the Sun provides a way to explore images of all kinds, including the over one million images of the Sun, the Corona, and the solar winds from 8 cameras on board the twin NASA STEREO spacecraft, through movement and music. In addition, images of nebula and galaxies from NASA's Hubble and Chandra telescopes may also be selected for viewing, hearing and exploring.
People's movements are visually tracked and used to select pixels in images they literally walk on. The images are data projected downwards onto a white floor. The pixels are translated simultaneously into musical notes based on color and brightness so the explorer can comprehend the scientific information contained in the images via the auditory and musical channels of the human brain, substantially increasing accessibility to those who are blind and visually impaired.
For GIS Day at the Library, Marty will also be demonstrating a number of NASA environmental change image sequences which allow one to hear the change as a change in music. A follow-on technology created by Quinn called MoveMusic will also be used during the UNH Diwali Celebration on Nov 15th to sonify the movements of models during the Indian fashion show segment.