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Sound ambiences consistent with visualizations of landscape types – An evaluation

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Wissen HayekUlrike, EndresLaura, SpielhoferReto, Grêt-RegameyAdrienne,
Project ENERGYSCAPE: Landscape strategy for renewable energy systems
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture
Volume (Issue) 3
Page(s) 172 - 180
Title of proceedings Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture
DOI 10.14627/537642018

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Type of Open Access Publisher (Gold Open Access)


Using digital landscape representations for assessing people’s perceptions of the visual landscape and their preferences for alternative options of landscape change, a high simulation quality is required. Thereby, sounds can augment people’s experiencing of the demonstrated landscape. We present an approach to establish sound ambiences and to investigate their level of perceived consistency with visual representations of different landscape types in a laboratory experiment. The results show that sounds expected through the visual contents and sounds anticipated by participants remembering similar situa-tions need to be reproduced. For presenting a realistic sound ambience a mix of soundmarks and of more general ambient sounds is important. Further, the sounds’ volume and dominance are decisive for the overall consistency. It is notable that people in laboratory environments seem to not always accept the volume measured in the real landscape as appropriate. Our conclusions give advice for designing audio-visual simulations. Furthermore, we provide guidance for evaluating the consistency of audio-visual stimuli for implementation in landscape preference studies.