Nature soundscapes: an audio augmented reality experience

Lawton, Mark ORCID logo ORCID: , Cunningham, Stuart and Convery, Ian ORCID logo ORCID: (2020) Nature soundscapes: an audio augmented reality experience. In: AM'20: Audio Mostly 2020, 15-17 September 2020, Graz, Austria.

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Augmented Reality (AR) has developed to be a popular and exciting technology domain, gaining notable public interest from 2009 to the present day. AR applications have traditionally focused upon paradigms that are visually led. In this paper, we document an Audio Augmented Reality (AAR) project, which considers soundscapes and how they might be transformed via the application of music and sound technologies. This work is concerned with the augmentation of nature soundscapes and explores how this may be used to enhance public understanding of the natural world. At present, we are concerned with the augmentation of spaces with biophony. Two examples of acoustic augmented reality are described: an initial pilot study to investigate the feasibility of the approach and an installation at the Timber International Forest Festival 2019. A technical description of each is provided alongside our own reflection and participant feedback, garnered from a soundwalk inspired approach to evaluation by audiences at the festival.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Journal / Publication Title: Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Audio Mostly
Publisher: ACM
ISBN: 9781450375634
Departments: Institute of Science and Environment > Forestry and Conservation
Depositing User: Christian Stretton
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2020 15:18
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 11:02


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