Everyday listening to auditory displays: lessons from acoustic ecology.

Droumeva, Milena and McGregor, Iain (2012) Everyday listening to auditory displays: lessons from acoustic ecology. In: The 18th International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD2012), 18-21 June 2012, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia.

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In order to design auditory displays that function well within the cultural, informational and acoustic ecology of everyday situations designers as well as researchers in psychoacoustics need to continue to gain a better understanding of how listeners hear and make sense of information in more ecological settings and outside the lab! In this paper the authors present a preliminary study that builds on past work and theoretical ideas from acoustic ecology, exploring the practice of everyday listening in settings containing auditory displays. This pilot study involves 10 participants who are asked to listen to two separate soundscapes and describe in three tasks, both verbally and in writing, what they hear and how they make sense of these aural environments. The results suggest directions for understanding everyday listening form a holistic perspective in order to inform both the design of auditory displays, and the development of other research tools and instruments for measuring auditory perception ecologically. The bigger study which involves 100 participants has been completed and is expected to be published shortly as a journal article.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Paper presented at The 18th International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD2012) held at Atlanta, Georgia on June 18-21, 2012.
Uncontrolled Keywords: acoustic ecology; everyday listening; auditory displays; aural environments;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 600 Technology > 620 Engineering > 621 Electronic & mechanical engineering > 621.3 Electrical & electronic engineering > 621.38 Electronics & Communications engineering > 621.389 Computer engineering
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Item ID: 5526
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2012 15:52
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2012 09:10

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