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Multi-Criteria Decision Aid Analysis of a Musification Approach to the Auditory Display of Micro-Organism Movement

We evaluate a musification approach to the auditory display of P. berghei flagella movement (a micro-organism that is commonly used in laboratory analysis of malaria transmission). High resolution 3D holography techniques provide the source data. The ultimate goal of this work is to develop an auditory display that could successfully augment existing visual analysis of bacteria motility in-field. The requirement for musification as opposed to sonification, and methods for evaluating the success of this implementation, are explored. An evenly weighted multi-criteria decision aid analysis was undertaken of amenity, immersion, intuitivity, efficiency, and congruency of the musification. Listeners consistently rated the amenity, intuitivity, and congruency of the musification above that of the visual only display and that of a randomized audio accompaniment.

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