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Informing sound art design in public space through soundscape simulation


Urban sound management often amounts to reducing sound levels with the underlying assumption of sound/noise as a nuisance. However, a reduction in sound level does not necessarily lead to a more pleasant auditory experience, especially in urban public spaces where vibrancy can be sought after. A proactive design approach that accounts for the human experience of sound environment is needed to improve the quality of urban spaces. Recent studies in soundscape research suggest that added sounds and particularly sound art installations can have a positive influence on public space evaluations. Yet, the role of added sounds in urban context remains understudied and there is no existing method to date to prospectively inform soundscape interventions. We present here a research-creation collaboration around the design of a permanent sound installation in an urban public space in Paris: Nadine Schütz's Niches Acoustiques. We report on the development and validation of a Higher-Order Ambisonic soundscape simulation tool for adding sounds to recorded sound environments. This tool is part of a methodology for elaborating listening tests involving the evaluation of added sounds prototypes to inform the sound artist's composition to optimize the quality of public space experience in the presence of the sound installation.
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Valérian Fraisse, Nadine Schütz, Marcelo M. Wanderley, Catherine Guastavino, Nicolas Misdariis. Informing sound art design in public space through soundscape simulation. Internoise 2022 : 51st International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering, Aug 2022, Glasgow, United Kingdom. ⟨hal-04048052⟩
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