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Towards a framework of aesthetics in sonic interaction

Towards a framework of aesthetics in sonic interaction

Cunningham, Stuart, McGregor, Iain, Weinel, Jonathan ORCID: 0000-0001-5347-3897, Darby, John and Stockman, Tony (2023) Towards a framework of aesthetics in sonic interaction. In: AM '23: Proceedings of the 18th International Audio Mostly Conference. Audio Mostly . Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), New York, pp. 109-115. ISBN 9798400708183 (doi:

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As interaction design has advanced, increased attention has been directed to the role that aesthetics play in shaping factors of user experience. Historically stemming from philosophy and the arts, aesthetics in interaction design has gravitated towards visual aspects of interface design thus far, with sonic aesthetics being underrepresented. This article defines and describes key dimensions of sonic aesthetics by drawing upon the literature and the authors’ experiences as practitioners and researchers. A framework is presented for discussion and evaluation, which incorporates aspects of classical and expressive aesthetics. These aspects of aesthetics are linked to low-level audio features, contextual factors, and usercentred experiences. It is intended that this initial framework will serve as a lens for the design, and appraisal, of sounds in interaction scenarios and that it can be iterated upon in future through experience and empirical research.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: AM '23: Proceedings of the 18th International Audio Mostly Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords: human-centred computing; sound and music computing; sonic interaction; aesthetic usability
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences (CMS)
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
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