Publications

Sonification and Sound Design for Astronomy Research, Education and Public Engagement
A. Zanella, C.M. Harrison, S. Lenzi, J. Cooke, P. Damsma, S.W. Fleming

A review and perspective of sonification and sound design in astronomy (for research, education, outreach and accessibility) up until December 2021. We provide a summary of what has been done so far and success stories, as well as a discussion on why further progress and wider adoption has not been made to date. Finally we give some ideas of how to make further progress.

Accepted for publication in Nature Astronomy, in press (2022), a pre-print is available here: https://arxiv.org/abs/2206.13536

Q&A: Accessibility in Astronomy for the Visually Impaired
J. Noel-Storr and Michelle Willebrands

We spoke with four researchers to understand the accessibility challenges in astronomy research, education and outreach for blind and visually impaired (BVI) persons, as well as solutions to these challenges and how it innovates data analysis methods for all astronomers. Those interviewed: Nicolas Bonne (University of Portsmouth); Cheryl Fogle-Hatch (Museum Senses); Garry Foran (Swinburne University of Technology) and Enrique Perez Montero (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía).

Accepted for publication in Nature Astronomy, in press (2022), a pre-print is available here: https://arxiv.org/abs/2206.13815

Audio Universe Tour of the Solar System: using sound to make the Universe more accessible
Chris Harrison, James Trayford, Leigh Harrison and Nic Bonne

A description of the making of the planetarium show, lessons learnt along the way and how we applied our sonification code STRAUSS to create the sonifications.

Astronomy & Geophysics, Volume 63, Issue 2, Pages 2.38-2.40 (2022) (2022), a pre-print is available here: https://arxiv.org/abs/2112.02110

Audible Universe - Meeting Report
Chris Harrison, Anita Zanella, Nic Bonne, Kate Meredith and Nicolas Misdariis

A short summary of the discussion points and outcomes of the workshop hosted in August 2021 called 'Audible Universe'. This workshop brought together experts in sound design, sound perception, astronomy and communication to discussion current and future applications of sonification in astronomy (for research, outreach, education and accessibility).

Nature Astronomy, 6, 22 (2022) https://www.nature.com/articles/s41550-021-01582-y