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The soundscape approach: new opportunities in sound design practice

The soundscape approach: new opportunities in sound design practice

Thompson, Ian ORCID: 0000-0002-7143-8013 (2021) The soundscape approach: new opportunities in sound design practice. In: Filimowicz, Michael, (ed.) Doing Research in Sound Design. Sound Design, 1 . Focal Press, Oxford, pp. 214-239. ISBN 978-0429356360 ; 978-0367404895 (doi:

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In 2019, the International Organization for Standardization published a specification for soundscape research, ISO 12913. Revisiting the World Soundscape Project’s conceptual constructs of soundscape formulated in the 1970s, and drawing on research methods across the humanities, science, and the arts, the specification is now commonly referred to as the “soundscape approach”. The aim of ISO 12913 is to investigate the sonic environment in terms of how it is perceived by a local community, and present findings that can inform soundscape interventions (design, policy, planning, etc.) to ultimately improve quality of life in the built environment. Deployment of the soundscape approach to research in the built environment presents new professional opportunities for sound designers, such as collaboration with architects, ecologists, and other professionals, and extension of practice into soundscape design. Through participation in public-facing research events such as soundwalks, the soundscape approach is an ideal context for sound designers to raise awareness of the aesthetics of soundscape, its value as a natural resource, and a context for creative practice. New insights from published studies where the soundscape approach is implemented can inform studio-based cinematic sound design, deepening understanding of soundscape perception to the benefit to screen-based and virtual reality projects.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Chapter 12
Uncontrolled Keywords: soundscape; sound design; soundscape research
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design (DES)
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Sound-Image Research Group
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