Sonic kayaks could gather turbidity data 4 marine research anywhere

 In 2016, Cornwall, FoAM, Kayak workshop, Sonic Kayaks

So we spend the morning on or listening to the water and return to the lab for afternoon discussions, coding, sensor and sonification action. Sonic Kayaking is fun. And so different to sonic cycling.

  1. There is no defined route. The kayaker has a relatively open space.
  2. The sensation of being on water has little resemblance to being on a bike on a road in a city or field.
  3. Synthetically made sound or music seems superfluous, even destructive to the experience of being on water.

We discuss how we can use any gathered sensor data. Live, direct listening to water, it was agreed, is an essential ingredient. So a simple, direct and maybe literal use of data to create any additional audio layer or punctuation could be used to start with. For example, we found that there was a rise of 1˚C across the estuary which could be translated into a rise in pitch?

What data is changing fast enough in these waters to use and more importantly, what data would be useful for sonic kayakers to gather ? Turbidity was proposed as it is also a product of tides as well as run off from fields with huge consequences. We even considered the idea of the sonic kayak being part of a much larger scientific project with its role being one of gathering turbidity data. This data could be mapped and stored online so that potenital paddlers could see where needed mapping next.


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