THE SOUND OF DATA - Closing Event

Sat 03 December 2022
- 00:00
Rockhal – Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg

Do you want to hear what scientific data sounds like? Eager to discover the fascinating links between science and music? Then Rockhal on Saturday, December 3rd, 2022, is the place to be for the final event of the Esch2022 project “The Sound of Data – Science meets Music”.

For The Sound of Data, researchers from the University of Luxembourg (FSTM, SnT, C2DH) and the LIST collected scientific data and collaborated with local and international musicians to create sounds and music. For this, the musicians were introduced to the method of sonification during The Sound of Data artist residency. You can discover the outcome of this creative and innovative process and see the musicians perform live on stage at Rockhal on Saturday, December 3rd, 2022, along with Valery Vermeulen, who supervised the artist residency, and headliner Max Cooper, a leading figure in electronica, who will present his new album in an immersive live show!

The program of the evening comprises two parts:

Part 1: The Sound of Data – Official Closing Conference

Saturday 3 December 2022 – 17:45-19:30

Rockhal – Esch/Alzette (LUX)

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(N.B. registration required due to limited capacity!) 

Program of the conference:

17:45 – Welcome by the four project partners: Jens Kreisel (University of Luxembourg), Marc Schiltz (FNR), Thomas Kallstenius (LIST), and Olivier Toth (Rockhal/Rocklab)

18:05 – Fireside Chat with Max Cooper, followed by Q/A

18:40 – Roundtable Discussion with Valery Vermeulen, Pol Belardi, Catherine Elsen, Djamila Aouada, and Oliver Glassl

19:25 – Final words by Nancy Braun, General Director of Esch2022

19h30 – Networking drinks

Part 2: The Sound of Data – Final Show

Saturday 3 December 2022 – Doors: 19:30

Rockhal – Esch/Alzette (LUX)

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The Sound of Data artists

Showcase of the 11 compositions of the artists in residence

All Reitz Reserved, Catherine Elsen, Hester-1, Mike von der Nahmer, Pol Belardi, Slumbergaze, SpudBencer, Tessy Troes, Theerens Cousins, Timelord, Virgilio Fernandez

Valery Vermeulen

Performance of his original commissioned piece for the Sound of Data project

Max Cooper

Immersive live show from his latest album Unspoken words

About The Sound of Data

Where Science meets Music

The Esch2022 project The Sound of Data – a collaborative endeavor by the University of Luxembourg (, the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) and Centre de Musiques Amplifiées, Rockhal – aimed at bringing together the worlds of science and music in Belval. And more precisely at transforming scientific data into music, using the innovative and experimental approach of data sonification.

The contributions of researchers of the University of Luxembourg were wide ranging and spectacular: Oliver Glassl from the Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine ( collaborated with Emmanuel Defay and Cosme Milesi-Brault from LIST in collecting traffic data of roads in and around Belval – together they collected more than 1,500 hours of audio material as well as around 200,000 lines of different traffic data points. This data will be sonified by All Reitz Reserved, SpudBencer, Tessy Troes, and Theerens Cousins. Stefan Krebs and Lars Wieneke (C2DH) provided the musicians with data from digitized daily newspapers, covering approximately 100 years from 1850 onwards. This dataset will be taken on by Catherine Elsen, Virgilio Fernandez, Pol Belardi and Slumbergaze. Djamila Aouada and Enjie Ghorbel (SnT) provided the artists with data of a synthetic 3D human body scan – this will be the basis for a commissioned piece of Valery Vermeulen.  Hugo Parlier and Bruno Teheux (DMATH), in their project ReShape, crowdsourced over 20,000 drawings which Hester Bolle, Thomas Evans (Timelord) and Mike von der Nahmer are currently sonifying in very different ways.

These new kinds of musical compositions will be disclosed at the project’s final event, alongside the immersive live show of headliner Max Cooper, who in the past decade has been quite successful in interrogating and furthering the intersection between electronic music, visual art, technology, and science.

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