The Sound of Sorting

Nov 14, 2013

Credit panthema.net

Ever wonder what an algorithm sounds like when it's being sorted? Wonder no more. A demo program called "The Sound of Sorting" visualizes algorithms and provides interesting sound effects, too -- low notes for smaller values, and high notes for higher values.

The six-minute video below is a demonstration of 15 different sorting algorithms. The sound generated along with the visualization provides amusing accompaniment. While you might not be able to dance to this, it's a pretty great way to show how math can bridge different senses and be expressed artistically. Learn more about this demo program at panthema.net, or create your own algorithm animations at sorting-algorithms.com.