SONIFICATION.COM

sonic information design

Us – who we are…

Dr. Stephen Barrass, Founder of SONIFICATION.COM


His Ph.D. from the Australian National University in 1997 on the topic Auditory Information Design was one of the first doctorates on data sonification.

He holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of NSW 1986, and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education from the University of Canberra 2010.

From 1998-1999 he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Fraunhoffer Institute of Media Communication in Bonn where he developed interactive sonifications for Oil and Gas exploration and Automotive design in the immersive CyberStage.

Upon return to Australia in 2000, he Directed the Welcome Space to the Gallery of First Australians which was one of five major interactive media works commissioned for the opening of the National Museum of Australia in 2001.

From 2002-2004 he was as a Senior Researcher in the Immersive Media and Visualisation Systems group at the CSIRO ICT Centre in Canberra, where he lead research on Advanced Audio Interfaces and collaborated with local high-tech startups on sonifications for user interfaces, computer games and sports training.

In 2004 he Chaired the International Conference on Auditory Display, and Produced the Listening to the Mind Listening concert of EEG sonifications at the Sydney Opera House Studio.

In 2005 he took up a position as an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra, where he supervised Doctoral Candidates and lectured in the Master of Digital Design and the Bachelor of Media Arts and Production.

In 2009 he was a Guest Researcher at IRCAM in Paris and in 2014 in the Movement Science group at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. In 2018 he was a Guest Researcher in the Department of Physics at the Technical University of Chemnitz and Guest Lecturer at the University of Palermo.

Stephen has published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles in Journals and conference proceedings including MIT Leonardo, Organised Sound, Springer Journal of Virtual Reality, Visual Communication, ACM Multimedia Tools and Applications, ACM Multimedia Systems, Computers and Graphics, Computer Graphics and Applications, Transactions on Applied Perception, IEEE Computers in Entertainment, and Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy.

His creative practice has been curated for International exhibitions including Experimenta Prototype in Melbourne 2003, Experimenta House of Tomorrow in Melbourne 2004, Experimenta Vanishing Point in Melbourne 2005, Media City Seoul 2006, Siggraph in Boston 2007, Experimenta Under the Radar in London 2007, ISEA in Singapore 2008, International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression in Sydney 2010, and Sound and Music Computing in Barcelona 2010. The Cocktail Party Effect received an Honourable mention in the SensAble haptic Challenge at Siggraph 2006. ZiZi the Affectionate Couch is now in the collection of the Museum of Old and New Art which opened in Tasmania in 2011.

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