THH_02s

THH_02s

Ted Hall in the MIDEN with the “Toroidal Universe” — a senior
integrative art project by Danielle Battaglia (2013) that combines
ancient Greek and modern ideas about the shape of the universe,
including Platonic solids, black holes, worm holes, the Big Bang,
little bangs, multiverses, fractals, and prime numbers. Robert
Alexander, a Ph.D. student in Design Science who specializes in
sonifying data (including solar wind data at NASA Goddard Space
Flight Center), collaborated with Danielle to compose and produce
localized sounds for the multiverses. In addition to its four
stereoscopic screens, the MIDEN includes surround-sound speakers. The
software distributes and attenuates sounds according to their direction
and distance in the virtual world, and also applies Doppler frequency
shifts according to the relative speed of the virtual source and the
user. Because the 3D Lab (which manages the MIDEN) is part of the
University Library, all faculty, staff, and students from all
departments on campus have equal access to its facilities.

 

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