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How to measure soundscape quality
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Perception and psychophysics.
2015 (English)In: Proceedings of Euronoise 2015 / [ed] C. Glorieux, Nederlands Akoestisch Genootschap and ABAV - Belgian Acoustical Society , 2015, 1477-1481 p., 67Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The Swedish Soundscape-Quality Protocol has been criticized for being insufficient, because it proposes to assess soundscape quality by a Good–Bad Scale, and alternatively by eight attribute scales assessing the perceived affective quality of a soundscape. Critics argue that further alternative definitions of ‘soundscape quality’ must be explored. In particular they argue for assessing ‘soundscape quality’ by asking to what extent a soundscape is appropriate to a place. The Sound Cities project at School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, in the UK, investigated this issue by a listening experiment involving 50 university students and 25 urban and peri-urban areas from the UK. The results indicate that the Good–Bad Scale is correlated with the perceived affective quality of a soundscape. Conversely, the appropriateness of a soundscape to a place is orthogonal to the former two assessments and provides additional information. Thus, a soundscape can be appropriate to a place even though it is poor. This raises the issue of which information should be given priority. Probably the best recommendation is to assess soundscape by perceived affective quality. In addition, it is possible to complement this assessment by assessing the appropriateness of the soundscape to the place. However, the latter assessment should not be used on its own, as this may lead to unfortunate conclusions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Nederlands Akoestisch Genootschap and ABAV - Belgian Acoustical Society , 2015. 1477-1481 p., 67
Series
Euronoise
Keyword [en]
Swedish Soundscape-Quality Protocol, soundscape, quality
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Psychology
Research subject
Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-138294OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-138294DiVA: diva2:1066660
Conference
Euronoise 2015, Maastricht, The Netherlands, June 1-3, 2015
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