Mark Ballora

Mark Ballora
Technology
Associate Professor, Music Technology

Mark Ballora joined the Penn State faculty in 2000. He holds a joint appointment in the School of Music and the School of Theatre. Ballora teaches courses in music technology, history of electroacoustic music, musical acoustics, and software programming for musicians. He received degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles, New York University, and McGill University. He is the author of Essentials of Music Technology (Prentice Hall, 2002), and a number of "Square One" columns written for Electronic Musician magazine from 2004 to 2008. Early work includes sound designs and electroacoustic scores for modern dance, theatre, animated films, and radio dramas. His compositions have been played at international electroacoustic music festivals, and his piece for flute choir, Squid Sarabande, was a finalist in the 2012 National Flute Association's newly published music competition. He has also written articles describing uses of sonification (rendering scientific datasets with sound) in the areas of cardiology and computer network security. His sonifications of astronomical and physiological datasets have been used by percussionist/ethnomusicologist Mickey Hart as part of performances of the Mickey Hart Band, and on their albums Mysterium Tremendum and Superorganism, as well as the film Rhythms of the Universe, which Hart conceived with cosmologist George Smoot.

Recordings: 
Mysterium Tremendum

The Mickey Hart Band
Mysterium Tremendum
Data sonifications by Mark Ballora

360 Degree Productions, Inc.
Sebastopol, CA.

The Mickey Hart Band
Superorganism
Data sonifications by Mark Ballora

360 Degree Productions, Inc.
Sebastopol, CA.

Compositions: 
Squid Sarabande

Squid Sarabande
Mark Ballora

For flute choir.
Grade 4.
Published by BRS Music (BY.FC-331)

* Finalist in the 2012 National Flute Association's newly published music competition.

Flauto Zydeco

Mark Ballora

For flute choir.
Grade 4.
Published by BRS Music (BY.FC-339)

Leaves of Memory

Mark Ballora

For solo oboe.
Grade 5.
Published by BRS Music (BY.WWS-304)

Books: 
Essentials of Music Technology

Essentials of Music Technology
Mark Ballora
Meant to serve as a general reference for music technology courses, the book provides an overview of musical acoustics, psychoacoustics, MIDI, digital audio, and sound recording. Prentice Hall, October 31, 2002.
ISBN-10: 0130937479
ISBN-13: 978-0130937476

Beyond Visualization – Sonification

Invited chapter: "Beyond Visualization – Sonification."
Human-Centered Information Fusion 
by David L. Hall and John M. Jordan.
Artech House, Inc. 2010.

Situational Awareness in Computer Network Defense

Situational Awareness in Computer Network Defense: Principles, Methods and Applications 

Cyril Onwubiko,Thomas Owens, editors

Information Science Reference
IGI Global, 2012.
ISBN-13: 9781466601048

Co-author, Chapter 9:
Mark Ballora, Nicklaus A. Giacobe, Michael McNeese, David L. Hall
"Information Data Fusion and Computer Network Defense"

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