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Musikiosk: A Soundscape Intervention and Evaluation in an Urban Park

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The opportunity to purposefully add sounds to the urban environment with the intention of improving quality of life is rare - more so, the opportunity to empirically study those effects. We introduce Musikiosk, an interactive music installation and environmental monitoring station, as an exploratory project with these goals. A comprehensive mixed-methods research project, using an approach called soundscapes, accompanies the installation to try and capture measurable immediate and longitudinal impacts, positive and negative, of Musikiosk on the community. Environmental monitoring via a microphone input will provide information about system usage, physical measurements of the acoustic environment, and playback levels. Findings will contribute toward theories on the roles of activity and music in soundscape evaluations and will be among the firsts to observe changes in a manipulated soundscape. Parties that stand to benefit are park users, residents, researchers, and the city for various reasons.

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