ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF POULTRY SCIENCE, COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE
We explored the art in science! Working on innovative methods to detect wooden breast, a novel poultry muscle myopathy, Dr. Amit Morey (Poultry Science, AU) collaborated with Dr. Rachel Moon (Veterinary School, AU) to generate ultrasound images of the normal and the severely affected breast muscle of chicken. Noting the distinct differences in the images, Dr. Morey’s mentee, Divya Srinivasan (Johns Creek High school, GA), converted the ultrasound images into frequency profile graphs for objective analysis of the images. The frequency profiles were converted to sound using an online free software (Photosounder). The sounds from the software were very harsh and Dr. Morey wanted to convert the graphs to musical notes. Lakshmi Krishnaprasad (Auburn University) wanted to derive an abstract interpretation from the graphs to musically express the general curves of the graphs. For the normal chicken meat frequency graphs, she used the C major arpeggio (containing the notes C, E, and G) to represent the initial ascension of the graph followed by an immediate jump to a high pitch before jumping back to the low octave. For the severe wooden breast frequency profile, she used an instrumental concept called overtones, where multiple notes can be played using only one fingering.
For the first time, we were able to demonstrate the translation of ultrasound images into frequency profiles and sound for effective differentiation between the normal and myopathy meat. The method is also intended to be used by visually impaired scientists to interpreted image data.
Art is hidden in science! Its for us to find it!
The Hidden Art in Science
ultrasound images on digital screen
2' x 2'
Last Updated: July 24, 2018