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Being and mixing: designing interactive soundscapes
Department of Informatics, HCID Group.
2006 (English)In: Proceedings of the 4th Nordic conference on Human-computer interaction: changing roles, 2006, 252-261 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper describes a study of the auditory environment in a chemical factory, and how a group of process operators ascribe meaning to a selection of sound clips from their daily work environment. We argue for a design-oriented phenomenological approach to soundscape studies, and suggest an approach based on an exploration of how already occurring sounds are used. This knowledge will be used to inform the design of new useful auditory environments. Our study shows that the richness of the auditory environment is a crucial aspect of the distributed work environment. An important part of the design process is the operator’s contribution to the concepts suggested. From design workshops several design concepts aiming to explore and test different approaches for making sound affordances available have been developed. This has led us to a new understanding of how interactive soundscapes enable distributed awareness – what we refer to as ’Being and Mixing’.

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2006. 252-261 p.
, NordiCHI ’06
Keyword [en]
auditory interfaces, non-speech audio, process control, smooth notification, social awareness, sound recognition, soundscape, ubiquitous computing
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Human Computer Interaction Other Computer and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-77751DOI: 10.1145/1182475.1182502OAI: diva2:501930
NordiCHI ’06
QC 20120228Available from: 2012-02-14 Created: 2012-02-07 Last updated: 2012-02-28Bibliographically approved

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