The acoustic environment as resource, and masking, as key concepts in soundscape discourse and analysis

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Title The acoustic environment as resource, and masking, as key concepts in soundscape discourse and analysis
Author Brown, Lex
Publication Title EuroNoise 2009
Editor Dr Bernard Berry
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Edinburgh
Publisher European Acoustics Association
Abstract Several underutilized concepts warrant further development in soundscape discourse, analysis and design. The first set of concepts consider the outdoor acoustic environment as a resource, including notions of different beneficial uses of this resource (a term borrowed from water resource management), and maintenance of diversity as a resource management approach. The second set encompass the notion that, underlying human experience of a soundscape, any individual (or group), in any particular context, will invariably be able to hear sounds that are wanted (by them, in that context) and sounds that are unwanted. This is a fundamental starting point for soundscape analysis and, by extension, soundscape management and design. These wanted and unwanted sounds need to be distinguished one from the other in measurements of human perception of a soundscape and measurement of its physical acoustic properties. Identification and quantification of the wanted and unwanted sounds allows introduction of acoustic masking as a key determinant of human perception of a particular soundscape, and as a tool for acoustic management and design. These concepts are illustrated through two different acoustic environments: an urban park in which there might be sound from both a water structure and from city noises/road traffic; and a wilderness area in which natural sounds predominate.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.euronoise2009.org.uk/
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the author 2009. The attached file is posted here with permission of the copyright owner]for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this conference please refer to the publisher's website or contact the author.
Conference name EuroNoise 2009: 8th European Conferemce on Noise Control
Location Edinburgh Scotland
Date From 2009-10-26
Date To 2009-10-28
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/31753
Date Accessioned 2010-04-09
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 - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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