Towards some standardization in assessing soundscape preference

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Title Towards some standardization in assessing soundscape preference
Author Brown, Lex; Kang, Jian; Gjestland, Truls
Publication Title Proceedings of Internoise 2009
Editor J. Stuart Bolton, Brad Gover, Courtney Burroughs,
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Washington, DC USA
Publisher The Institute of Noise Control Engineering
Abstract Soundscapes involve diverse fields of practice, diverse approaches and diverse disciplinary interests. The field overlaps with the much larger and established field of environmental noise management, and also intersects, to various degrees, with other areas of acoustics such as sound quality, human acoustic comfort in buildings, and music—and also with non-acoustic fields such as wilderness and recreation management, urban and housing design, and landscape planning and management. Working Group 54 of ISO/TC 43/SC 1 has been formed with a remit of standardization for perceptual assessment of human sound preference (in outdoor space) using questionnaires. The Group has only recently begun its work, and with considerable discussion amongst its members of a wide range of issues—not least of which was an adequate definition of soundscapes. This paper makes a range of observations and suggestions on this work including the outcomes of interest, the role of context in assessment, various kinds of sound sources in different places, and lessons from questionnaire measurement of noise annoyance. It represents a personal view, though informed by a range of opinions from the Working Group meeting and from relevant literature.
Peer Reviewed No
Published Yes
Publisher URI
Conference name Internoise 2009
Location Ottawa Canada
Date From 2009-08-23
Date To 2009-08-26
Date Accessioned 2010-04-08
Language en_AU
Research Centre Urban Research Program
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Built Environment and Design
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Non-Refereed)
Publication Type Code e2

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