A Proposal of Soundscape Design Guidelines for User Experience Enrichment



Using notions from Acoustic Ecology and recent studies of emotion, the authors synthesize a set of guidelines for soundscape design as part of the broader view of user experience design in computational media. Guidelines are presented and their applicability discussed using a what, why, how contextual framework, ending with reflections from a soundscape design exercise for a computer game.


Auditory guidelines, Game design, Sound design, User experience


Human-Computer Interaction


4th Audio Mostly Conference: A Conference on Interaction with Sound, September 2009

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Year 2013 : 2 citations

 Garner, T. A., & Grimshaw, M. (2013). The Physiology of Fear and Sound: Working with Biometrics toward Automated Emotion Recognition in Adaptive Gaming Systems. IADIS International Journal on WWW/Internet, 11(2).

 Garner, T. A., & Grimshaw, M. (2013). Psychophysiological Assessment Of Fear Experience In Response To Sound During Computer Video Gameplay. In International Conference Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction (pp. 45-53).

Year 2011 : 3 citations

 Psarras, V., Floros, A., Drosos, K., & Strapatsakis, M. (2011). Emotional control and visual representation using advanced audiovisual interaction. International Journal of Arts and Technology, 4(4), 480-498.

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Year 2010 : 2 citations

 Liljedahl, M. (2010). Awesome-a tool for simulating sound environments.

 Garner, T., Grimshaw, M., & Nabi, D. A. (2010, September). A preliminary experiment to assess the fear value of preselected sound parameters in a survival horror game. In Proceedings of the 5th Audio Mostly Conference: A Conference on Interaction with Sound (p. 10). ACM.