Establishing key dimensions for reifying soundfields and soundscapes from auditory professionals.

McGregor, Iain, Crerar, Alison, Benyon, David and LePlâtre, Grégory (2007) Establishing key dimensions for reifying soundfields and soundscapes from auditory professionals. In: ICAD 2007: The 13th International Conference on Auditory Display, 2007 June, Montreal, Canada. (Unpublished)

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This paper presents a unique insight into the way acousticians, computing specialists and sound designers describe the dimensions of sound they use. Seventy-five audio professionals completed a detailed questionnaire created to elicit common definitions of the words noise and soundscape, and to establish common methods of reifying sound, architectural acoustics and hearing abilities. The responses have contributed to a better understanding of sound from a practitioner’s perspective, the impact of the physical environment on sound perception and also effects experienced by those with hearing difficulties. We report a method of data analysis and that is appropriate for use by diverse groups of professionals engaged in the design and evaluation of auditory displays for shared environments. This research suggests that a far simpler approach to the measurement and evaluation of sounds and soundscapes is practiced than might be assumed from studying the exhaustive lists of measures and methods detailed in current textbooks and published standards.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Soundfields; soundscapes; classification; measurement; description; visualization;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 006 Special Computer Methods
500 Science > 530 Physics
600 Technology > 620 Engineering > 620 Engineering & allied operations
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Item ID: 3489
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2010 15:42
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2012 08:47

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