University of Twente Student Theses


Sound Swarm : experience sound from the inside

Westerdijk, W.S.K. (2017) Sound Swarm : experience sound from the inside.

[img] PDF
Abstract:This research provides explorative design suggestions concerning the experience of the potential art installation of Sound Swarm. The research uses scientific literature on human auditory localisation and perception in combination with practical experiments conducted in a virtual simulation. The results are findings in important variables concerning the installation, the types of potential experi-ences, and further design suggestions. The important variables are: type of composition that is being used; method of dividing the composi-tion over the sound sources; amount of sound sources; speed of the sound sources; movement be-haviour and freedom of the sound sources; volume of the sound sources; and the size of the room in cubic meters. These variables influence the overall experience, which is divided into two categories: swarm-like experience, which is more focused on the swarm aspect as unique value point, and in-cludes a composition with higher tempo, divided over frequency ranges with less speakers, random movement behaviour with quick changes and a higher speed; and music-like experience, which is more focused on a new, but pleasant method of listening to music. The composition is more complex, divided over musical aspects with more speakers that are denser around the audience and less dense close to the audience. The movement behaviour is focused on rotational motion with lower speed. In general, to optimise the auditory experience, it is advised to have stationary subwoofers near the audience for frequencies below 200 Hz. Movement should be focused on rotational changes concern-ing the front, back, left and right of the audience. Fluctuation in elevation and distance should be big.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Christine Maas, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:24 dramaturgy, musicology, 33 physics, 42 biology, 54 computer science
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
Link to this item:
Export this item as:BibTeX
HTML Citation
Reference Manager


Repository Staff Only: item control page