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Published Conference Proceedings - Paper
August 2009

The positive soundscape project: A synthesis of results from many disciplines

Davies, W J & Adams, M & Bruce, N S & Marselle, M & Cain, R & Jennings, P & Poxon, J & Carlyle, A & Cusack, P & Hall, D & Irwin, A & Hume, K I & Plack, C J 2009, The positive soundscape project: A synthesis of results from many disciplines, in: 'Internoise 2009', Institute of Noise Control Engineering of the USA, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. Conference details: Internoise 2009, 23-26 August, Ottawa, Canada.

Abstract

 This paper takes an overall view of ongoing findings from the Positive Soundscape Project, a large inter-disciplinary soundscapes study which is nearing completion. Qualitative fieldwork (soundwalks and focus groups) and lab-based listening tests have revealed that two key dimensions of the emotional response are calmness and vibrancy. In the lab these factors explain nearly 80% of the variance in listener response. Physiological validation is being sought using fMRI measurements, and these have so far shown significant differences in the response of the brain to affective and neutral soundscapes. A conceptual framework which links the key soundscape components and which could be used for future design is outlined. Metrics are suggested for some perceptual scales and possibilities for soundscape synthesis for design and user engagement are discussed, as are the applications of the results to future research and environmental noise policy.

Authors

SEEK Members

External Authors

Paul Jennings

John Poxon

Rebecca Cain

Deborah Hall

Amy Irwin

Angus Carlyle

Peter Cusack

Ken I. Hume

Christopher J. Plack

Neil S. Bruce

Publication Details

Conference Proceedings
Davies, W J & Adams, M & Bruce, & Marselle, M & Cain, & Jennings, & Poxon, & Carlyle, & Cusack, & Hall, & Irwin, & Hume, & Plack, eds. 2009, Internoise 2009, Institute of Noise Control Engineering of the USA, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.

Conference Details
Internoise 2009, 23-26 August, Ottawa, Canada