Introducing Strauss: a flexible sonification Python package

James William Trayford, Chris M. Harrison

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We introduce strauss (Sonification Tools and Resources for Analysis Using Sound Synthesis) a modular, self-contained and
flexible Python sonification package, operating in a free and open source (FOSS) capacity. Strauss is intended to be a flexible tool suitable for both scientific data exploration and analysis as well as for producing sonifications that are suitable for public outreach and artistic contexts. We explain the motivations behind Strauss, and how these lead to our design choices. We also describe the basic code structure and concepts. We then present output sonification examples, specifically: (1) multiple representations of univariate data (i.e., single data series) for data exploration; (2) how multi-variate data can be mapped onto sound to help interpret how those data variables are related and; (3) a full spatial audio example for immersive Virtual Reality. We summarise, alluding to some of the future functionality as Strauss development accelerates.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2023
Event28TH International Conference On Auditory Display: ICAD 2023 Sonification for the Masses: Special Session on Astronomical Data Sonification - Linköping University, Norrköping, Sweden
Duration: 26 Jun 202330 Jun 2023


Conference28TH International Conference On Auditory Display: ICAD 2023 Sonification for the Masses
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