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The Sound of Sorting

Nov 14, 2013


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, or create your own algorithm animations at