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Scottish Mountain Soundscapes (2024)
Presentation / Conference
Di Donato, B., & McGregor, I. (2024, June). Scottish Mountain Soundscapes. Presented at Invited seminar at UniMont, University of Milan, Edolo, Italy

Mountain environments provide an immersive auditory experience shaped by natural forces and human interactions. This seminar presents results from an ongoing project that delves into people’s experiences of mountain soundscapes, with a focus on the i... Read More about Scottish Mountain Soundscapes.

Data-driven innovation for sustainable practice in the creative economy (2024)
Book Chapter
Panneels, I., Lechelt, S., Schmidt, A., & Coşkun, A. (2024). Data-driven innovation for sustainable practice in the creative economy. In Data Driven Innovation in the Creative Industries (243-266). London, UK: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003365891-11

Can data-driven innovation support the shift towards a more sustainable future? In this chapter, we present case studies from eight European cities to demonstrate how the creative sector is moving towards economic models that expand beyond the notion... Read More about Data-driven innovation for sustainable practice in the creative economy.

Hearing Abilities Assessment (2024)
Patent
McGregor, I. (2024). Hearing Abilities Assessment. W O 2024/041821 A1. World Intellectual Property Organization International Bureau

A method for assessing hearing abilities of a human person having two ears, the method comprising: - providing two audio signals to two respective ear speakers at a person's corresponding ears; - measuring at least one value of at least one parameter... Read More about Hearing Abilities Assessment.

The digital Foley: what Foley artists say about using audio synthesis (2023)
Conference Proceeding
Di Donato, B., & McGregor, I. (in press). The digital Foley: what Foley artists say about using audio synthesis. In Proceedings of the 2024 AES 6th International Conference on Audio for Games

Foley is a sound production technique where organicity and authenticity in sound creation are key to fostering creativity. Audio synthesis, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Interaction Design (IXD) have been explored by the community to investigate t... Read More about The digital Foley: what Foley artists say about using audio synthesis.

Investigation into Stress Triggers in Autistic Adults for the Development of Technological Self-Interventions (2023)
Conference Proceeding
McGowan, J. J., & Mcgregor, I. P. (2023). Investigation into Stress Triggers in Autistic Adults for the Development of Technological Self-Interventions. In Proceedings of the 25th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS '23). https://doi.org/10.1145/3597638.3608392

Adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) face daily challenges dealing with stress, for example, at work, or in public spaces, which can be overwhelming in terms of coping with sensory overload. Technological interventions have been created in orde... Read More about Investigation into Stress Triggers in Autistic Adults for the Development of Technological Self-Interventions.

Future Tense - The Challenge of Imagining Alternative Futures (2023)
Book Chapter
Smyth, M. (2023). Future Tense - The Challenge of Imagining Alternative Futures. In Designing in Coexistence – Reflections on Systemic Change (77-88). Zagreb, Croatia: Croatian Architects’ Association

So why is it so difficult to imagine futures? Not the futures set in galaxies far far away, but the ones connected to the present that lie tantalisingly just beyond the horizon. Futures still tethered to variants of today’s infrastructure. This essay... Read More about Future Tense - The Challenge of Imagining Alternative Futures.

FASS: Firefighter Audio Safety Systems (2023)
Conference Proceeding
Elliot, A., & McGregor, I. (2023). FASS: Firefighter Audio Safety Systems. In AM '23: Proceedings of the 18th International Audio Mostly Conference. https://doi.org/10.1145/3616195.3616220

A series of auditory cues were designed to assist firefighters with navigation and general safety in a fire emergency. Firefighters must maintain situational awareness at all times and this can be lost with disorientation, which is one of the main ca... Read More about FASS: Firefighter Audio Safety Systems.

Towards a Framework of Aesthetics in Sonic Interaction (2023)
Conference Proceeding
Cunningham, S., McGregor, I., Weinel, J., Darby, J., & Stockman, T. (2023). Towards a Framework of Aesthetics in Sonic Interaction. In AM '23: Proceedings of the 18th International Audio Mostly Conference (109-115). https://doi.org/10.1145/3616195.3616219

As interaction design has advanced, increased attention has been directed to the role that aesthetics play in shaping factors of user experience. Historically stemming from philosophy and the arts, aesthetics in interaction design has gravitated towa... Read More about Towards a Framework of Aesthetics in Sonic Interaction.

Remote Acoustic Soundscape evaluation using Ambisonic recordings (2023)
Presentation / Conference
Di Donato, B., & McGregor, I. (2023, September). Remote Acoustic Soundscape evaluation using Ambisonic recordings. Paper presented at Basic Auditory Science 2023, London, UK

The Acoustic Soundscape ISO standard has been used in previous work to assess the soundscape during soundwalks. This approach has different results and contributions to the field. However, there are several challenges to this approach, such as logist... Read More about Remote Acoustic Soundscape evaluation using Ambisonic recordings.

Proceedings of the 18th International Audio Mostly Conference (2023)
Conference Proceeding
(2023). Proceedings of the 18th International Audio Mostly Conference. . https://doi.org/10.1145/3616195

Audio Mostly is an interdisciplinary conference on design and experience of interaction with sound that prides itself on embracing applied theory and reflective practice. Its annual gatherings bring together thinkers and doers from academia and indus... Read More about Proceedings of the 18th International Audio Mostly Conference.

Mapping the Anthropocene: Atelier NL, a Case Study of Place-Based Material Craft Practices (2023)
Journal Article
Panneels, I. (2023). Mapping the Anthropocene: Atelier NL, a Case Study of Place-Based Material Craft Practices. Arts, 12(4), Article 177. https://doi.org/10.3390/arts12040177

This paper argues that mapping as a methodology can support localised production, as exemplified in the case study of the design studio Atelier NL which marries contemporary design sensibilities with traditional glass and ceramics craft-making techni... Read More about Mapping the Anthropocene: Atelier NL, a Case Study of Place-Based Material Craft Practices.

Practices and educational affordances of sound in the postcolonial Hong Kong protests (2023)
Journal Article
Cheng, L., & McGregor, I. (in press). Practices and educational affordances of sound in the postcolonial Hong Kong protests. Contemporary Music Review, https://doi.org/10.1080/07494467.2023.2241236

Sound has been theorised for its functional role as informative agent in political advocacy and participation in political studies, yet the investigation on the pedagogical potential has been largely absent. This paper examines the pedagogical impact... Read More about Practices and educational affordances of sound in the postcolonial Hong Kong protests.

FestForward: Participatory Design Futuring and World-Building for Equitable Digital Futures in Performing Arts Festivals (2023)
Conference Proceeding
Elsden, C., Jones, V., Helgason, I., Abernethy, L., & Brown, W. (2023). FestForward: Participatory Design Futuring and World-Building for Equitable Digital Futures in Performing Arts Festivals. In DIS '23: Proceedings of the 2023 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference (1424–1437). https://doi.org/10.1145/3563657.3596033

FestForward is a fictional, local, cultural magazine, set in 2030, designed to stimulate conversations about equitable and sustainable digital futures in performing arts festivals. This extensive design fiction was developed through a series of parti... Read More about FestForward: Participatory Design Futuring and World-Building for Equitable Digital Futures in Performing Arts Festivals.

Speculative designs in educational settings: Tension-patterns from a (mostly) European perspective (2023)
Conference Proceeding
Encinas, E., Helgason, I., Auger, J., Mitrović, I., & Hanna, J. (2023). Speculative designs in educational settings: Tension-patterns from a (mostly) European perspective. . https://doi.org/10.21606/nordes.2023.98

The study of speculative designs (such as futures, critical design alternatives, or catalysts for reflection) is well documented in the design research community but the literature lacks attention to speculative designs in the service of a pedagogica... Read More about Speculative designs in educational settings: Tension-patterns from a (mostly) European perspective.

An exploration of diversity in Embodied Music Interaction (2023)
Presentation / Conference
Di Donato, B. (2023, May). An exploration of diversity in Embodied Music Interaction. Presented at CHIME: Music Interaction and Physical Disability, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

This is an exploration of diversity in Embodied Music Interaction through three case studies entitled (i) Accessible interactive digital signage for the visually impaired, (ii) Human-Sound Interaction and (iii) BSL in Embodied Music Interaction (EMI)... Read More about An exploration of diversity in Embodied Music Interaction.

Capturing audience film sound preferences (2023)
Conference Proceeding
Gelby, A., & Mcgregor, I. (2023). Capturing audience film sound preferences. In 155th AES SHOW Fall Convention (Express Papers)

The concerns of the public on poor sound experience in TV and streaming platforms often drive content creators and organizations to try to improve the situation. Yet, the current trend is that of a subtle revision to existing standards along with uti... Read More about Capturing audience film sound preferences.

Digital Skills for the Creative Practitioner: Supporting Informal Learning of Technologies for Creativity (2023)
Conference Proceeding
Helgason, I., Smyth, M., Panneels, I., Lechelt, S., Frich, J., Rawn, E., & McCarthy, B. (2023). Digital Skills for the Creative Practitioner: Supporting Informal Learning of Technologies for Creativity. In CHI EA '23: Extended Abstracts of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. https://doi.org/10.1145/3544549.3573825

The creative industries play an important role in economic, cultural and social life, and in many creative disciplines much of the workforce is made up of individual practitioners including freelancers, sole traders and small or micro enterprises. Th... Read More about Digital Skills for the Creative Practitioner: Supporting Informal Learning of Technologies for Creativity.

Speculating Futures in an Age of Nostalgia (2023)
Conference Proceeding
Smyth, M. (2023). Speculating Futures in an Age of Nostalgia. In Connectivity and Creativity in times of Conflict: Cumulus Conference Proceedings Antwerp 2023

This paper will present an exploration of the relationship between the past and the present and how that interaction influences design thinking when speculating about possible futures. It will argue that the growing influence of nostalgia, supported... Read More about Speculating Futures in an Age of Nostalgia.