Have you ever seen a business graph and thought how does it sound? National Public Radio (USA) translated this idea into a project. They took the Case-Shiller home price index as a basis for a composition – a kind of sonification – and converted the graph into musical notes.
Source: Case-Shiller Home Price Index, via Standard & Poors. Credit: Alyson Hurt.
Then they gave the sheet music to a bariton from Julliard School of Music, New York City. And that’s how it sounds “a decade of U.S. home prices”:
And here is a “decade of Miami home prices”:
I would not call it Sound Branding but it shows how graphs and data streams can be converted to sound and music. In a next step it could be woven into Sound Branding Elements…. Just some food for thought.
After making its voice heard with the first international congress for acoustic brand communication in 2009, the Audio Branding Academy will present the second Audio Branding Congress in November this year. With the motto “Driven by Sound”, on November 5th brand and sound experts from all over the world will meet in Hamburg to discuss latest trends and exchange information about the state of the art of audio branding & sound branding.
This year’s congress focuses on the crucial question of what brand and sound worlds in future vehicles will sound like. Correspondingly, car manufacturer AUDI will present the concept and examples of its award-winning Corporate Sound.
Besides other best practice cases of audio & sound branding, internationally renowned scientiests like British… Continue reading →
Imagine, your are a brand manager responsible for all your branches, brand- and flagship stores (I hope you actually are…). These offer your brand great opportunities to reflect and thus communicate your brands image and emotional positioning through a unique music program.
Studies show that a music concept which fits to the brand, store and target group increases the time that customers spend inside the store. Overall, this leads to more purchases with a higher value – more revenue for your company – and brings additional value to the brand by strengthening its individual image.
I just got a great video from a friend which underlines the power of music. It shows that music can even change habits of people. In a Stockholm subway station musical stairs were installed. Based on the incentive to play with music – each step represented a piano tone – many people took the stairs instead of taking the escalator.
A TIME magazine article titled “Neural Advertising: The Sounds We Can’t Resist” reflects the value of sound in advertising and underlines the importance of „everday sounds“: a baby laughing, fizzing soda, or the sound of barbeque. All these sounds activate certain parts of our brain and can set us in a different mood. That is true but if every diaper brand uses the laugh of some baby, what will be the difference? Which brand can actually own this sound? An everyday sound is generic! Continue reading →
A study of the Stanford School of Music which I believe has great relevance to the area of Sound Branding was already released in 2007 (Link to the news release), however; it has yet not been widely discussed in the field of Acoustic Identity/ Sound Branding.
Using brain images of people listening to short symphonies by an obscure 18th-century composer, a research team from Stanford has gained valuable insight into how the brain sorts out the chaotic world around it.
The research team showed that music engages the areas of the brain involved with paying attention, making predictions and updating the event in memory. The study showed that peak brain activity occurred during a period of silence between musical movements. That may be the answer to the question why some Sound Branding Elements work much better (recognition & recall) than others.
The researchers caught glimpses of the brain in action using functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, which gives a dynamic image showing which parts of the brain are working during a given activity. Continue reading →
One of the hot issues in today’s world of automobiles is the electronic car. But what if the vibrant sound of a Porsche is missing? No engine – no sound?! What’s the solution when Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, or VW are entering the age of electric cars? In Germany this discussion is already reflected in the media. For sure the first step is a clear understanding of the desired acoustic identity of the particular car brand – which is true for all Sound Branding projects.
Die Automobilweltbeschäftigt sich derzeit stark mit dem ThemaElektoautos. Die Frage ist, was passiert, wenn der vibrierende Sound eines Porsches einfach nicht mehr da ist? Kein Motor – keinKlang?! Wie können Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz oder VW dieses Problem beimEintritt in das Zeitalter der Elektroautoslösen? In Deutschland spiegelt sich dieseDiskussionbereits in allgemeinenMedien wider. Mit Sicherheit ist der ersteSchritteinklaresVerständnis über die anzustrebendeakustischeIdentität der Automarke – was grundsätzlichfüralle Sound Branding Projekte gilt.