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WHALES IN MOTION: Exploring Tag-Derived Whale Locomotion and Behavioral Sequence Data with the Blind and Visually-Impaired through Music and 3-D Sculpture Multi-modal Models

Sound Explorations' Artist, Emilie Grossman has created a series of 3-d sculpture models that illustrate the locomotion and foraging behavior of humpback whales based on actual whale tag data obtained by NOAA researchers in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

Our visually-impaired participants run their hand across these sculpture models to perceive the whale foraging behaviors while a musician performs action-specific melodies that match the same contour and shape of the model. The musician watches closely to keep the musical contours at the same pace as the participant’s hand. Added textures and shapes on the sculpture model illustrate fluke motion, side-roll orientation, swimming direction and lob tail activity.

Our participants also have an opportunity to create their own sculpture models using our Animal Motion Path Makers, and then have musicians perform their whale motion paths as melodic lines.

Picture of Double Loop Bubble Net Feeding Behavior Sculpture Model

Double Loop Bubble Net Feeding Behavior

Picture of Bottom Side-Roll Feeding Behavior Sculpture Model

Bottom Side-Roll Feeding Behavior

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