Composing your thoughts

Composing your thoughts. an essay on uncertainty and surprise in music.

Data+Art: Science and Art in the Age of Information

Jiyeh, a video installation on Diagnostic Sonification, and Catch Your Breath, an interactive installation are featured at the current exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, in a show called

Data+Art: Science and Art in the Age of Information, open through April 12, 2009.

March, 2009 - The American Academy of Arts and Sciences - Creative Arts: New Tools and Technology and the Democratization of Craft.

Observations on music perception and audio compression presented in a recent talk at a meeting of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, with Dale Dougherty, Carl Rosendahl, Chuck Geschke, and moderator Pat Hanrahan generated some interest.

The London Times






les jeunes preferent le mp3. PC World, Paris.

Manic compression: it's killing rock'n'roll -- but the kids like it. Irish Independent - Dublin.

January 12, 2008

Weekend America's Krissy Clark discusses our sonification work.

March, 2008

Data Sings - Are You Listening? Lecture at EMPAC, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

June, 2008

August, 2007

See August's cover story in Neuron and some great video clips here.

May 11-13, 2007

The SICA Center for Arts, Science, and Technology's Symposium on Music, Rhythm and the Brain will present current research on the physiological and psychophysical effects of musical rhythm. Understanding the neuroscience of rhythm is key to understanding the centrality of music in ritual, dance, and other aspects of human behavior and human consciousness. Advances in research on the effects of musical rhythm on the regulation of brain functioning may lead to significant therapeutic applications. Scholars from the fields of music theory, music cognition, psychology, neuroscience, medicine, and anthropology will come together to present and discuss the convergence of these fields.

February 5, 2007

San Francisco Chronicle Article: "Professor decodes life note by note"

Much as people thump a watermelon to test its ripeness, Stanford composer Jonathan Berger wants them to use sound in novel ways to figure out the world. So he put sound to the way professional golfers swing their clubs. The result: It's now possible for pros and duffers alike to improve their game by listening to their own strokes. In another experiment, runners, rowers and other athletes can "hear" how their bodies are performing -- from heart rates to stress levels -- while practicing. And Berger's sounds for digital images of microscopic cells can help doctors distinguish cancerous ones by the "music" they make...