Development of a soundscape simulator tool

Neil Spencer Bruce, William J. Davies, Mags D. Adams

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This paper discusses the development of an interactive soundscape simulator, enabling users to manipulate a series of parameters to investigate if there is group correlation between factors such as source selection, positioning and level. The basis of the simulator stems from fieldwork and recordings carried out in London and Manchester. Through the use of an enhanced version of soundwalking, respondents are led on a walk around an urban space focusing on the soundscape, whilst answering questions in a semi-structured interview. The data collected is then used to inform the ecological validity of the simulator. The laboratory based tests use simulations based on spaces recorded in a series of urban locations, as well as an 'idealised' soundscape simulation, featuring data from all recorded locations. The sound sources used are based on user highlighted selections from all locations, based on preferences extracted from soundwalk field data. Preliminary results show the simulator is effective in obtaining numerical data based on subjective choices as well as, effective qualitative data which provides an insight into the reasoning behind the respondents choices. This work forms part of the Positive Soundscape Project.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Internoise 2009, the 38th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering
EditorsJ. S. Bolton
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event38th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering 2009 - Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 23 Aug 200926 Aug 2009


Conference38th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering 2009
Abbreviated titleINTER-NOISE 2009


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