Nuclear Bombs As Music: An Experiment In Data Sonification
Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto data sonifies testing data from 1945-1998.
Data visualization often offers a more powerful narrative than text. However, data visualizing has its limits when the focus is less on measuring static data and more about measuring via a series of events; this is where Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto begins with his attempt at data sonifying thermonuclear testing from 1945-1998.
Seeking to offer a different sense of magnitude and historical embodiment, nuclear events are turned into different tones, which you can see plotted against the schematics of a world map. In addition, Hashimoto keeps count of all the events of each nuclear-detonating country.