moson (micro-organism sonification) is a collection of auditory display tools for the sonification and audification of atomic force microscope data recordings of the micro organism Dunaliella salina by Richard Thompson at the University of Durham’s Department of Chemistry. The auditory display aspects are part of Louise Mackenzie’s larger Microbial Sensing research project.

The auditory displays in moson were featured in Mackenzie’s Stars Beneath our Feet installation originally commissioned by Artichoke for Lumiere Durham 2015.

The sonification tool BacteriaActivity is a patch for Max/MSP. The audification tool Audify is a Python executable.

  • Vickers, P., & Mackenzie, L. (2016, March). nuson-moson: Micro Organism Sonification.

  • Mackenzie, L., Thompson, R., & Vickers, P. (2016). Alchemical Sensing: Creating an Embodied Experience of the Unseen Organism. In Sonic Environments – ACMC2016, Proceedings of the 2016 Conference of the Australasian Computer Music Association (pp. 105–106). Brisbane, Australia: Griffith University.