The Georgia Tech Sonification Lab has developed a soundtrack and sonification of the 2017 Solar Eclipse, to help persons with vision loss experience the eclipse. The soundtrack is composed of three sound layers: First, there is the pre-composed base track, which conveys the temporal dynamics, as well as the changing light levels. The base layer also conveys the emotion, tension, and anticipation of this unique experience. Next, there are additional sounds that represent various happenings, such as the emergence of crickets and frog sounds as the "false dusk" happens, and bird calls at the "false dawn" as the sun emerges after totality. Finally, there is a layer of musical sounds that are generated live, in realtime, based on meteorological data such as temperature, barometric pressure, and so on. Here's a Demo Soundtrack Video (only 9 minutes long, but it gives a sense of the various portions of the experience).
Videos from Georgia Tech
See the Georgia Tech press page about this Eclipse Sonification Project.
Videos from AT&T
See the AT&T Press Room page for the Eclipse.
James will be experiencing the eclipse in a whole new way.
Innovation, Education and Bringing a New Experience to the Blind.
Other Press Coverage
Mashable: A brand new composition will help blind people experience the eclipse, by Miriam Kramer
WABE: Ga. Tech Creates Soundtrack For Atlanta's Solar Eclipse, by Miranda Hawkins
This project has been realized in collaboration with AT&T. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the collaborators or sponsors.