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Dancing to the sounds of volcanoes: a fusion of art and science...

Dancing to the sounds of volcanoes: a
fusion of art and science 19-05-2009 GridCafé launches in

By Danielle Venton, EGEE Communications/CERN, Switzerland

GridCafé, an award-winning website aimed
at introducing the marvels of grid
computing to a wider audience, has this
week launched a Spanish language version,
making the website available to an
estimated 300 million Spanish speakers
around the world.

18-05-2009 CALL FOR PAPERS -

HiPEAC 2010 - The 5th International
Conference on High Performance
and Embedded Architectures and

This event will take place in Pisa, Italy on

the 25th-27th January 2010.

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In March of this year, patrons of the Washington
DC-based CityDance company were treated to a unique event: a dance performance set UPCOMING EVENTS
to sounds from volcanoes. The dance, titled The Mountain, was part of CityDance
Ensemble’s Carbon, a workin-progress about climate change. The Mountain’s NOTUR2009
choreographer, Jason Garcio Ignacio, based the dance on the structure of melodies
created out of seismic waves recorded from volcanoes around the world specifically NOTUR2009 is the eighth edition of the
Mount Etna in Italy, Mount Tungurahua in Ecuador, and the Mountains Pinatubo and annual meeting on High Performance
Mayon in the Philippines. Seismic data from these mountains was transformed into Computing and Infrastructure for
audible sound waves using a volcano sonification technique developed by DANTE computational science in Norway. The
engineer Domenico Vicinanza, also the music’s composer. The technique is being used meeting is intended for anyone that works
in research to translate the patterns in a volcano’s behaviour into sound waves to help with comput
predict volcanic eruptions. “As a scientist, it was my priority to develop tools to help us 5th Brazilian Symposium on
predict eruptions and ultimately reduce the loss of lives,” said Vicinanza. “As a musician Information Systems
and artist too, it was a natural step for me to take these seismic sonification sounds and
apply them to the arts. I am delighted that the results, or songs of the earth, are being The Brazilian Symposium on Information
turned into a dance performance that will help raise awareness of climate change.” Systems (SBSI) has as main goal to present
scientific work and discuss themes relevant
to  the area. This event will also put
e-Infrastructures for research and arts students, researchers and e
The technology behind Vicinanza’s seismic sonification was facilitated by DANTE, a
provider of high-speed research and education networks, and two distributed computing
projects, Enabling Grids for E-sciencE (EGEE) and E-science grid facility for Europe More events...
and Latin America (EELA). DANTE’s research and education data communications
networks—GÉANT2 in Europe and TEIN3 in Asia-Pacific—as well as Latin America’s
RedCLARA (operated by CLARA), underpin the immense computing power provided
by EGEE in Europe and EELA in Latin America. The complex sonification algorithms
used by Vicinanza harness the power of computing grids, enabling the seismic data to
be converted into melodies, a process that would be impossible using standard
bandwidth networks or computing resources. “High bandwidth research and education
internet networks together with grid computing power have played a vital part in
making this project a reality,” said Paul Gordon Emerson, CityDance Ensemble
choreographer and Carbon curator. “This proves that if we can create a musical score
from the earth’s natural sounds with the help of a global computer infrastructure, then
we can find the innovation needed to improve the planet. The fact that this work uses
the voices of the earth from three continents is a very powerful metaphor for Carbon as
a project and as a concept.” Originally presented in sold-out performances on the 14th
and 15th of March at the Music Centre, Maryland, USA, and restaged the following
weekend, The Mountain is now available to view at

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