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Strategies for Environmental Sound Measurement, Modelling, and Evaluation

Stevens, Francis (2018) Strategies for Environmental Sound Measurement, Modelling, and Evaluation. PhD thesis, University of York.

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This thesis is a portfolio of research into three aspects of environmental sound: its measurement, modelling, and evaluation. In each of these areas, this body of work aims to make use of soundscape methodologies in order to develop an understanding of different aspects of our relationship with our sonic environments. This approach is representative of the nature of soundscape research, which makes use of elements of many other research areas, including acoustics, psychology, sociology, and musicology. The majority of prior acoustic measurement research has considered indoor recording, often of music, and measurement of acoustic parameters of indoor spaces such as concert halls and other performance spaces. One strand of this research has investigated how best to apply such techniques to the recording of environmental sound, and to the measurement of the acoustic impulse responses of outdoor spaces. Similarly, the majority of prior work in the field of acoustic modelling has also focussed mainly on indoor spaces. Presented here is the Waveguide Web, a novel method for the acoustic modelling of sparsely reflecting outdoor spaces. In the field of sound evaluation of sound, recent years have seen the development of soundscape techniques for the subjective rating of environmental sound, allowing for a better understanding of our relationship with our sonic surroundings. Research presented in this thesis has focussed on how best to improve these approaches in a suitably robust and intuitive manner, including the integration of visual stimuli in order to investigate the multi-modal perception of our surroundings. The aim of this thesis in making contributions to these three fields of environmental sound research is, in part, to highlight the importance of developing a comprehensive understanding of our sonic environments. Such an understanding could ultimately lead to the alleviation of noise problems, encourage greater engagement with environmental sound in the wider population, and allow for the design of more positive, restorative, soundscapes.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Academic Units: The University of York > Electronics (York)
Depositing User: Mr Francis Stevens
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2019 14:49
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2019 14:49
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/22661

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