Sonification is the use of sound to convey information or data. It is an alternative to data visualization. Micro Lux Chants is a collaborative project between the ArtSciLab and the Gassensmith Lab (Biochemistry lab) at UT Dallas.
For this research project the team uses a species of bioluminescent bacteria called Vibrio Fischeri, a symbiotic bacteria, found in the belly of the Hawaiian Bobtail Squid.
“It is not always easy to visualize data. Sometimes the color/brightness of the bacteria is not enough to determine the point in their life cycle, so we chose to use sonification to perceptualize the data,” says Brian Merlo, who has a background in sound design and is currently a Senior in Biomedical Engineering.