Sonic Browser v2
Finding a sound or music on your computer - if you don't know the title or some other text-based attribute - is not easy. It may involve scrolling, clicking, double-clicking, listening and it can be quite a tedious process.
With the Sonic Browser, I tried to enable ears to do what they are best at - listening. Facilitating multiple stream audio in realtime in a tightly coupled interaction solved the problem.
Each sound object (an arbitrary sound file, a piece of music, etc.) was shown a visual symbol on screen. A collection of files could be displayed for example in a grid or as a star field visualisation.
The cursor is not a single point device anymore, it has an aura - an area around the cursor that activates sound objects. If for example 4 sound objects are covered by the aura, all four will play simultaneously, panned out in stereo to help support tightly coupled interaction between ears and mouse actions - direct sonification.
I found that users could locate a target sound 28% faster than with single-stream audio.
With this interaction style users experience an increased level of engagement using both visual and aural senses.