An interactive sonic environment derived from commuters' memories of the soundscape: a case study of the London Underground

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dc.contributor.advisor Alarcón Díaz, Ximena 2010-01-19T12:57:04Z 2010-01-19T12:57:04Z 2007-01
dc.description.abstract Through interrelating the Acoustic Communication concepts of soundscape with contemporary collective memory studies, this research project explores the relationship between commuters and the London Underground (LU) soundscape in order to create an interactive sonic environment on the Internet. The methodology combines fieldwork and artistic work, focusing on commuters’ perceptions of time and space, and on their sonic memories, as elements through which to interpret the space. The objective of the fieldwork is to investigate commuters’ aural memories of the LU soundscape, including the feelings and sensations that it stimulates. The artistic objective is to facilitate the interaction between the soundscape and its users through an interface that allows a creative combination of sounds to assemble aural memories into a sound-driven multimedia experience. Twenty-four commuters participated in the ethnographic study during the three phases of the research; they followed the researcher’s model, which combines the processes of listening and remembering. The researcher thus developed an interactive sonic environment where commuters can experience a non-linear virtual journey through the soundscape of LU, then apply this as a means of reflecting on the original commuting experience. The interactive nature of the process makes it possible for individual memories to be linked in a creative shared experience; it fosters the development of on-line sound-driven narratives. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher De Montfort University en
dc.rights All rights reserved en
dc.subject soundscape en
dc.subject collective memory en
dc.subject London Underground en
dc.subject sonic art en
dc.subject ethnography en
dc.subject multimedia art en
dc.subject commuting experience en
dc.subject Internet based art en
dc.title An interactive sonic environment derived from commuters' memories of the soundscape: a case study of the London Underground en
dc.type Thesis or dissertation en
dc.publisher.department Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en

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