Department of Music Colloquium

Presenter: Carla Scaletti
Location: 32 Waverly Place, Room Silver 320

"Data sonification ≠ music"

Scientific data sonification is a mapping of data from an experiment or a model to one or more parameters of a sound synthesis algorithm for the purpose of interpreting, understanding, or communicating the results of the experiment or the model. Composer Carla Scaletti relates how her experiences working with scientists on mapping data to sound has unexpectedly changed the way she thinks about music.


Carla Scaletti is an experimental composer and entrepreneur, designer of the Kyma sound design language and co-founder of Symbolic Sound Corporation. Her compositions, in the tradition of hard science fiction, begin with a "what-if" hypothesis and elaborate the entailments of that imaginary initial hypothesis. Educated at the University of Illinois (DMA, MCS), she studied composition with Salvatore Martirano, John Melby, Herbert Brün and Scott Wyatt and computer science with Ralph Johnson, one of the Design Patterns "Gang of Four." Last year she was an invited lecturer at GVA Sessions — a workshop involving choreographers, filmmakers, and particle physicists from CERN — and presented a keynote address at the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC 2015). She has been a guest lecturer at Centre de Crèation Musical Iannis Xenakis (CCMIX) in Paris, and co-organizes the annual Kyma International Sound Symposium (KISS), this year on the theme "Emergence", at De Montfort University in Leicester UK. For more information: