Infrasound highlighting low-frequency intrusion / noise pollution via data dramatization
Complaints on low-frequency noise were till recently fairly unexplained, but audiological research shed light on the mechanisms that enable perception of frequencies below the threshold of average normal hearing. It was shown that exposure to low-frequency sound may alter the inner ear. This results in
an increase of sensitivity to low-frequency sounds, and as a result, previously imperceptible sounds becomes audible to the exposed person. Interactions between inner-ear responses to low and higher frequencies furthermore account for perception of low-frequency sound, as well as the property of the
hearing system to perceive so-called difference tones.
The intangibe quality of low-intrusion noise or infrasound made it a problem for people experiencing it to communicate it. This seems like a good opportunity and a potential point of departure on my quest to rediscover latent potential of communication. Just like Jan Van Toorn approach communication design as a form of visual journalism, I aspire to approach this issue with the same manner. In other words, Poynor asserted that the designer could function as a kind of reporter – investigating, reflecting, editing, shaping and delivering his findings in the form of a visual outcome. The only tangible evidence of infrasound is data. Infrasound data is a great starting point for me to utilize, as not a medium of information, but rather
abstraction of the phenomena. Data dramatization should be the best way to approach the issue. Liam Young, a speculative architect, described “Data Dramatization, as opposed to data visualization presents a data set with not only legibility or clarity but in such a way as to provoke an empathetic or emotive response in its audience.”
As Memo Akten simplify it, “It’s simply a view onto the world, using the tools of science as a lens, to draw inspiration from the processes that shape our lives. And through visual, sonic and behavioural metaphors, create artefacts that reveal, extract, amplify and abstract the unseen harmonies and tensions
found within.”

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