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Sonic Kayaks: Environmental monitoring and experimental music by citizens

The Sonic Kayak is a musical instrument used to investigate nature and developed during open hacklab events. The kayaks are rigged with underwater environmental sensors, which allow paddlers to hear real-time water temperature sonifications and underwater sounds, generating live music from the marine world. Sensor data is also logged every second with location, time and date, which allows for fine-scale mapping of water temperatures and underwater noise that was previously unattainable using standard research equipment. The system can be used as a citizen science data collection device, research equipment for professional scientists, or a sound art installation in its own right.

Author(s) Dave Griffiths, Amber Griffiths, Kaffe Matthews
SourcePLoS Biology
URLhttp://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article/metrics?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.2004044
Publication typeJournal Article