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Towards a Framework of Aesthetics in Sonic Interaction

Cunningham, Stuart; McGregor, Iain; Weinel, Jonathan; Darby, John; Stockman, Tony


Stuart Cunningham

Jonathan Weinel

John Darby

Tony Stockman


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 towards visual aspects of interface design thus far, with sonic aesthetics being underrepresented. This article defines and describes key dimensions of sonic aesthetics by drawing upon the literature and the authors' experiences as practitioners and researchers. A framework is presented for discussion and evaluation, which incorporates aspects of classical and expressive aesthetics. These aspects of aesthetics are linked to low-level audio features, contextual factors, and user-centred experiences. It is intended that this initial framework will serve as a lens for the design, and appraisal, of sounds in interaction scenarios and that it can be iterated upon in the future through experience and empirical research.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name AM '23: Audio Mostly 2023
Start Date Aug 30, 2023
End Date Sep 1, 2023
Acceptance Date Jul 21, 2023
Online Publication Date Oct 11, 2023
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date Jul 21, 2023
Publicly Available Date Jul 21, 2023
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages 109-115
Book Title AM '23: Proceedings of the 18th International Audio Mostly Conference
ISBN 9798400708183
Keywords Human-centered computing, Interaction design theory, concepts and paradigms, HCI theory, concepts and models, Applied computing, Sound and music computing, aesthetics, sonic interaction, sound design, user experience


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