Journal of Sonic Studies, volume 6, nr. 1 (January 2014)Iain McGregor; Phil Turner; David Benyon: USING PARTICIPATORY VISUALISATION OF SOUNDSCAPES TO COMPARE DESIGNERS’ AND LISTENERS’ EXPERIENCES OF SOUND DESIGNS
The procedure involved classification, visualisation, and a survey. The designers rated their designs based on the specified attributes and forwarded them for visualisation. Listeners then classified the designs using the same attributes, and the results were visualised.
Listeners were randomly assigned to each sound design until 10 participants had experienced each design. All of the participants were able to complete all of the tasks without prompting. The responses from the listeners were collated, and the mode for each attribute was calculated for each sound event. The results were translated into two different visualisations. The first visualisation represented the designer’s intentions, the second one the combined listeners’ experiences. For this iteration the visualisations were generated manually. However, an automated version has been proposed, so that listeners and designers could create their own visualisations in the future. The results for all twelve designs are shown in the following section along with brief discussions.