As an expert in visual communication, it often saddens me that sound usually takes such a back seat in visual culture (music videos and opera notwithstanding), even though it is often integral to how we experience images . Here are some great insights about the role of sonification in the field of data analysis - or cutting through the noise to hear the signal.
Sonifications make for attention-grabbing sounds on the news, so these days many scientific findings are sonified. Overwhelmingly, though, these are an afterthought; scientists still rely on their eyes and algorithms to spot interesting phenomena. That looks set to change as more scientists, engineers and even designers and artists look to exploit better what the seismologists and Voyager scientists knew decades ago: sound can be the key to scientific discovery