During my MEng at the University of York, I explored design sonification systems to support the analysis of NMR spectral data. This work included sound design and participatory design sessions with analytical chemists to explore the use of different sonification strategies.
The final design focused on two sonifications strategies based on feedback sessions with chemist: an interactive parameter mapping to scan through the data and a “spectral audification” method, to get an easy overview of the spectra.
The spectral audification treated the NMR spectra as an audio spectrum, giving each spectra a different timbre and allowing quick comparison. This work took inspiration from a previous project exploring how mapping different parameters of metals to different sound parameters of sound could aid in comparisons of metal types:
For more on the design process and alternate designs: