Ambisonic Sound Spatialization

Blanton manipulating sound with the iPad
Research Fellow Andrew Blanton has developed a device for interaction with data.
Using the iPad, we can wirelessly move sound in 360 degree space. Andrew has built software that connects to the iPad wirelessly and communicates the orientation of the device. This orientation is then mapped to ambisonic sound spatialization and the user is then able to place the sound in three dimensional space.
The sound is sonification of data collected from a telescope in Antarctica. The sound files have two sounds, the low sound created by Andrew is a slit scanning process of the chart of visible light and slowed down to a fraction of the original sampled data. The second high pitch was created by Scot Gresham-Lancaster by using the raw binary data and extracting that data as a wav file.
Listen to the resulting sound:

DRONE ART at National Academy of Science

Leonardo Initiatives of the UT Dallas ArtSciLab announces DRONE ART at
National Academy of Science
The UT Dallas ATEC ArtSciLab hosts the Leonardo Initiatives project
in collaboration with Leonardo/ISAST and Leonardo OLATS.
We are pleased to announce the next Leonardo DASER at the
National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC.
Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences announces the
D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER), a monthly discussion
forum on art science projects in the national capital region and
beyond. Next month, DASER explores the topic of drones. The event is
on Thursday, November 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST (doors open at 5:30
p.m.) in Room 100 of the Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W. Reservations
and photo IDs are required. Make a reservation here.
For those unable to attend, the event will be viewable via live
webcast beginning at 5:30p.m. EST. Access the live webcast here.
Join the live Twitter discussion by following @CPNAS and the hash tag #DASER.
Join the DASER Facebook Group here.
Opening Remarks:
Niels Von Tomme, Visiting Curator, Center for Art, Design and Visual
Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Missy Cummings – Associate Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics and
Engineering Systems; Director, Humans and Automation Laboratory
Human-Systems Engineering Track, Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, Cambridge, MA
Marko Peljhan – Artist and Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies: Art,
Science, Technology, Digital Media and Space Art, Department of Art,
University of California, Santa Barbara
Peter Singer – Director, Center for 21st Century Security and
Intelligence, The Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.
DASER is co-sponsored by Cultural Programs of the National Academy of
Sciences (CPNAS) and Leonardo, the International Society for the Arts,
Sciences, and Technology. DASER fosters community and discussion
around the intersection of art and science. The thoughts and opinions
expressed in the DASER events are those of the panelists and speakers
and do not necessarily reflect the positions neither of the National
Academy of Sciences nor of Leonardo.
Alana Quinn
Senior Program Associate
Cultural Programs (CPNAS)
National Academy of Sciences

Dr. Maximilian Schich joins ArtSciLab

ArtSciLab collaborator Dr. Maximilian Schich has joined the University of Texas at Dallas as an associate professor for the Arts and Technology program. Schich is working to understand the complex system of cultural history through the convergence of art history, information visualization, physics, and computer science.
Through examining massive amounts of data, Schich searches for patterns not readily visible in culture. As a continuation of his post-doctoral project, he works of modeling and simulation of the intricate networks within the arts and humanities with Dr. Dirk Helbing, chair of sociology at ETH Zurich, and Albert-László Barabási, Center for Complex Network Research at Northeastern University in Boston. Schich received funding for this research as a DFG research fellow from the Special Innovation Fund of the President of Max-Planck-Society.
Schich’s background is entrenched in both art and science. Schich received his PhD in art history from Humboldt-University in Berlin and a masters in in art history, classical archaeology and psychology from Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich. Schich has over a decade of consulting experience with graph data and complex research projects.
Schich is an editorial advisor at Leonardo journal and is the organizing chair of the ongoing NetSci symposia series on arts, humanities and complex networks.
Source: UT Dallas News Center

Data Remix Presented at IEE VIZ Conference

DataRemix: Designing The Data made Through ArtScience Collaboration
download full paper here

Ruth West, Roger Malina, John Lewis, Scot Gresham-Lancaster,Alejandro
Borsani, Brian Merlo, Lifan Wang
ArtScience is emerging as one approach for creating novel ways of seeing and new ways of knowing. We propose a role for ArtScience research and creative work in contributing to the necessary shifts to go beyond the current crisis of representation. We specifically describe DataRemix, a recombination and reappropreation practice intended to trigger novel subjective experiences and associations. The narratives framing data creation and representation circumscribe what we can see and know, and how we see and know. How do we see and know beyond what our instruments, algorithms, representational schemas and training guide us to see and know? How do we look for what we don’t know we’re looking for when we can only examine at most a tiny fraction of the available data? Our argument is grounded in and will be illustrated by experience with several ArtScience collaborations spanning genomics,astrophysics, new media, and holographic sound design.
R. West, R. Malina, J. Lewis, S. Gresham-Lancaster, A. Borsani, B.
Merlo, and L. Wang. Dataremix: Designing the datamade through
artscience collaboration. In Proceedings of the IEEE VIS Arts Program
(VISAP), Atlanta, Georgia, October 2013

Cathryn Ploehn appointed as Experimental Publishing intern in the Art-Science Laboratory

Cathryn Ploehn has been appointed as  Experimental Publishing intern in the Art-Science Laboratory.
The Experimental Publishing project is part of the Leonardo Initiatives in collaboration with Leonardo/International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (url and MIT Press.
Cathryn Ploenh is a Senior EMAC student with an interest in interaction design an illustration. Cathryn was previously graphics editor at The Mercury, the UT Dallas student newspaper, where she won numerous award for her editorial cartoons and design. Cathryn is currently involved in research on Big Data visualization with Prof. Alvaro Cardenas and two other students.
Her previous work can be seen at :


Cathryn Ploehn will be developing a number of initiatives including
the e-book and living web companion projects:


The UT Dallas ATEC Art-Science Lab carries out research and development that requires collaboration between artists and scientists, applied to problems of societal urgency and cultural timeliness.

Andrew Blanton Appointed as Art-Science Research Fellow in the ArtSciLab

Andrew Blanton has been appointed as the first Art-Science Research Fellow in the ArtSciLab in the ATEC and EMAC programs at UT Dallas.
Andrew Blanton is a sound and visual artist. He leads an active art installation and performance schedule and has performed in the past with the Colorado Symphony, So Percussion, The Brevard Music Center Orchestra, and the National Repertory Orchestra. He received his BM in Music Performance from The University of Denver Masters in Fine Arts in New Media from the University of North Texas as a part of the multidisciplinary research cluster iArta. He previously worked for the Advanced Technologies Group at Time Warner Cable where he helped bring to market the TWCable app for apple and android devices, the Web Portal and his team’s work was featured by Glenn Brit at the 2011 Samsung CES Keynote. His current work focuses on cross-disciplinary emergence between art and technology, building sound environments through software development, while writing and performing music for those environments. His work can be seen at :
Andrew Blanton will be leading a research and art creation initiative on mesh networking for mobile devices and will be working in collaboration with the Sound Design Program at UTD led by Professor Frank Dufour, where he will join the faculty as Visiting Assistant Professor in January 2014.

Welcome to ArtSciLab

Welcome to the UTD ATEC & EMAC Art-Science Lab
The UT Dallas ATEC & EMAC Art-Science Lab carries out research and development that
requires collaboration between artists and scientists, applied to problems of societal
urgency and cultural timeliness. 
Through our projects, we seek to develop multiple applications, in a studio-lab approach, including the creation of artworks, scientific research, technology development and educational innovation.
We carry out our projects through trans-disciplinary, national and international partnerships and collaborations.