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The perception of susurration: envelopment in indoor and outdoor spaces

By WJ Davies

Abstract

This paper investigates a connection between perceptions of indoor and outdoor soundscapes. The word susurration is used in non-scientific writing to describe sounds such as wind in trees and rushing water. It is hypothesised that these sounds give rise to a sensation of envelopment in a similar manner to the indoor susurration of reverberated speech, even when reproduced monophonically. Fifty-three listeners were asked to rate perceived envelopment for susurration and non-susurration sounds. One group of subjects rated the envelopment of susurration sounds highly. Mean envelopment for these listeners is correlated with low-frequency auto-covariance

Topics: QC221246, TA, built_and_human_env, other
Publisher: Acoustical Society of Japan
OAI identifier: oai:usir.salford.ac.uk:2452

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