School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

Seminar: Núria Bonet: Sonification: A Composer’s Point of View

When: Friday, March 20, 2020, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: Graduate Centre - Room 203, Queen Mary University of London Mile End Road, London E1 4NS ,

Event Cancelled

Sadly, due to the Corona virus outbreak we have taken the decision to cancel the upcoming seminar. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.



Sonification is the process of data transmission with non-speech audio. While finding increasing acceptance as a scientific method, particularly where a visual representation of data is inadequate, it is still often derided as a ‘gimmick’. Composers have also shown growing interest in sonification as a compositional method. Both in science and in music, the criticism towards this method relates to poor aesthetics and gratuitous applications. My PhD portfolio used sonification as a musical methodology questioning the compositional intent, purpose, musical value and creative processes of a sonification composer. I argue for a more focused use of the method in musical applications in an effort to progress from 'hype' method to 'killer application'.


Núria Bonet is a composer and researcher based at the University of Plymouth. After studies in music, electroacoustic composition and acoustics at the University of Manchester and the University of Edinburgh, she completed a PhD Computer Music at the University of Plymouth under the supervision of Prof Eduardo Miranda and Dr Alexis Kirke. Nuria's PhD project looked at the use of sonification of compositional method. She also has research interests in organology and Catalan instruments in particular. Her research has been mentioned on BBC Radio 3, BBC Spotlight, Nature Physics, Physics World and Radio 100,7%, Catalunya Radio, Catalunya Musica and L'Avenç. Her current lottery-funded project, Back to Music, is developing new technologies and repertoire for disabled musicians. Website -

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Open to students, staff, alumni, public; all welcome. Admission is FREE, no pre-booking required.