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.
Steele, Daniel; Dumoulin, Romain; Voreux, Louis; Gautier, Nicolas; Glaus, Mathias; Guastavino, Catherine; Voix, Jeremie
Affiliations: Ecole de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), Montreal, Quebec, Canada; McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT), , Montreal, Quebec, Canada(See document for exact affiliation information.)
AES Conference: 59th International Conference: Sound Reinforcement Engineering and Technology (July 2015)
Paper Number: T-6
Publication Date: July 10, 2015
Subject: Measurement Techniques and Equipment
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