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      Tackling the Issue of Student Debt Through Data Sonification and Musical Scores

      Proceedings of EVA London 2019 (EVA 2019)
      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts
      8 - 11 July 2019
      Music composition, Student debt, Data sonification


            The issue of student debt is an invisible but ever-present aspect of the college experience within the United States. While this debt can sometimes be deemed necessary to cover the increasing costs of attending college, the risks are high with just over 10% of borrowers defaulting within three years of receiving a loan. Research has shown that many students are unaware of the size of the loan they have taken out to cover expenses and that some students are even unaware they have taken loans out to begin with. This implies that there is an opportunity to present new ways of engaging with student populations about the risks regarding student loan debt. I will present a paper on my work of art “A Good Education (Explorations in Data and Music)” that discusses the design process, the aesthetic issues surrounding the translation of data into musical scores, and the recording and exhibiting of this body of work. The work is comprised of three musical scores and accompanying audio recordings. Each score explores a different set of data with varying compositional methodologies and instrumentation. I will also discuss the challenges of presenting this body of work, the outcomes, and audience response over the duration of the exhibition.


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            July 2019
            July 2019
            : 127-132
            [0001]Illinois State University Normal, Illinois, USA
            © Buckley. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of EVA London 2019, UK

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            Proceedings of EVA London 2019
            EVA 2019
            London, UK
            8 - 11 July 2019
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Electronic Visualisation and the Arts

            1477-9358 BCS Learning & Development

            Self URI (article page): https://www.scienceopen.com/hosted-document?doi=10.14236/ewic/EVA2019.25
            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
            Electronic Workshops in Computing

            Applied computer science,Computer science,Security & Cryptology,Graphics & Multimedia design,General computer science,Human-computer-interaction
            Music composition,Student debt,Data sonification



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