Soundscapes and repertory grids: comparing listeners’ and a designer’s experiences.

McGregor, Iain and Turner, Phil (2012) Soundscapes and repertory grids: comparing listeners’ and a designer’s experiences. In: ECCE 2012, 15-20 September 2012, Raleigh, North Carilina.

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This paper reports on establishing whether listeners have the same listening experience as the person who designed the sound. Surprisingly, there is little or no evidence as to whether what is designed to be heard is what is actually heard. The study reported here is a qualitative study into these two experiences. Research approach – A repertory grid technique was adopted using listener and designer generated constructs. One designer and 20 listeners rated 25 elements within a surround sound recording created by a soundscape generative system. The listeners’ modal response was compared to the designer’s. Findings/Design – The results suggest that it is perfectly feasible to compare designers and listeners experiences and to establish points of agreement and disagreement. Research limitations/Implications – Only UK-based university students and staff participated in the study, which limited generalisation of the findings. Originality/Value – Demonstrates an ontology of sound based on user experience rather than designer’s whim. This approach is based upon long-term experiences and our conceptualisation of sound Take away message – Comparing listeners’ experiences could allow designers to be confident with their sound designs.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Soundscape; repertory grid; listeners; designers; listening;
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: 5658
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2012 15:27
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2012 15:27

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