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Title: Cross-modal perception of noise-in-music : audiences generate spiky shapes in response to auditory roughness in a novel electroacoustic concert setting
Authors: Liew, Kongmeng
Lindborg, PerMagnus
Rodrigues, Ruth
Styles, Suzy J.
Keywords: Noise
Human–computer Interaction
Issue Date: 2018
Source: Liew, K., Lindborg, P., Rodrigues, R., & Styles, S. J. (2018). Cross-modal perception of noise-in-music : audiences generate spiky shapes in response to auditory roughness in a novel electroacoustic concert setting. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 178-.
Series/Report no.: Frontiers in Psychology
Abstract: Noise has become integral to electroacoustic music aesthetics. In this paper, we define noise as sound that is high in auditory roughness, and examine its effect on cross-modal mapping between sound and visual shape in participants. In order to preserve the ecological validity of contemporary music aesthetics, we developed Rama, a novel interface, for presenting experimentally controlled blocks of electronically generated sounds that varied systematically in roughness, and actively collected data from audience interaction. These sounds were then embedded as musical drones within the overall sound design of a multimedia performance with live musicians, Audience members listened to these sounds, and collectively voted to create the shape of a visual graphic, presented as part of the audio–visual performance. The results of the concert setting were replicated in a controlled laboratory environment to corroborate the findings. Results show a consistent effect of auditory roughness on shape design, with rougher sounds corresponding to spikier shapes. We discuss the implications, as well as evaluate the audience interface.
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00178
Schools: School of Art, Design and Media 
School of Humanities and Social Sciences 
Rights: © 2018 Liew, Lindborg, Rodrigues and Styles. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
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