The Positive Soundscape Project: A synthesis of results from many disciplines

William J. Davies*, Mags D. Adams, Neil Bruce, Melissa Marselle, Rebecca Cain, Paul Jennings, John Poxon, Angus Carlyle, Peter Cusack, Deborah A. Hall, Amy Irwin, Ken I. Hume, Christopher J. Plack

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication38th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering 2009
PublisherInstitute of Noise Control Engineering
Pages663-672
Number of pages10
Volume1
ISBN (Print)9781615676903
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event38th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering 2009 - Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 23 Aug 200926 Aug 2009

Conference

Conference38th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering 2009
Abbreviated titleINTER-NOISE 2009
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityOttawa
Period23/08/0926/08/09

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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