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The Human Cost: A Sonification of Ireland's Economic Crash

by Stephen Roddy

Doom & Gloom 04:50


The Human Cost is a series of sonifications exploring the impact and fallout of Ireland's 2008 financial crash. Sonification is the use of sound to perceptualize data and convey information. These sonifications focus on socioeconomic data in order to better understand the human impact of the crash, through the expressive medium of sound. The data in question was provided by Ireland's Central Statistics Office and the world bank.

The majority of these pieces are the result of research undertaken during the completion of my PhD entitled 'Embodied Sonification'. Tracks 2, 3 and 4 feature in the PhD document while tracks 1 and 5 make use of techniques and materials developed in the course of that research.

The Track: Idle Hands is featured on TIDES: An ISSTA Anthology by Stolen Mirror Records: www.stolenmirror.com/2021d01-tides.html


released May 16, 2016

Composed & Produced by Stephen Roddy.
Recorded at Lava Wall Studios.


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“An experimental composer from Ireland, Stephen Roddy proves equally adept at crushing soundscapes as he does mysterious melodies.”

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