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Perception of soundscapes: An interdisciplinary approach

Davies, WJ, Adams, MD, Bruce, NS, Cain, R, Carlyle, A, Cusack, P, Hall, DA, Hume, KI, Irwin, A, Jennings, P, Marselle, MR, Plack, CJ and Poxon, J 2012, 'Perception of soundscapes: An interdisciplinary approach' , Applied Acoustics . (In Press)

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This paper takes an overall view of findings from the Positive Soundscape Project, a large inter-disciplinary soundscapes study. Qualitative fieldwork (soundwalks and focus groups) have found that soundscape perception is influenced by cognitive effects such as the meaning of a soundscape and its components, and how information is conveyed by a soundscape, for example on the behaviour of people within the soundscape. Three significant clusters were found in the language people use to describe soundscapes: sound sources, sound descriptors and soundscape descriptors. Results from listening tests and soundwalks have been integrated to show that the two principal dimensions of soundscape emotional response seem to be calmness and vibrancy. Further, vibrancy seems to have two aspects: organisation of sounds and changes over time. The possible application of the results to soundscape assessment and design are briefly discussed.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Acoustics Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Applied Acoustics
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0003682X
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Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2012 09:22
Last Modified: 14 May 2015 17:20

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