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The perception of susurration: envelopment in indoor and outdoor spaces

Davies, WJ 2004, The perception of susurration: envelopment in indoor and outdoor spaces , in: 18th Int. Congress on Acoustics, 4th - 9th April 2004, Kyoto, Japan.

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Abstract

This paper investigates a connection between perceptions of indoor and outdoor soundscapes. The word susurration is used in non-scientific writing to describe sounds such as wind in trees and rushing water. It is hypothesised that these sounds give rise to a sensation of envelopment in a similar manner to the indoor susurration of reverberated speech, even when reproduced monophonically. Fifty-three listeners were asked to rate perceived envelopment for susurration and non-susurration sounds. One group of subjects rated the envelopment of susurration sounds highly. Mean envelopment for these listeners is correlated with low-frequency auto-covariance.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Envelopment, spatial, soundscape, susurration
Themes: Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QC Physics > QC221-246 Acoustics - Sound
Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Built and Human Environment
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Acoustics Research Centre
Publisher: Acoustical Society of Japan
Refereed: Yes
Depositing User: Dr W. J. Davies
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2010 10:11
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:01
URI: http://usir.eprints.org/id/eprint/2452

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