The soundscape is no accidental byproduct
of society; rather it is a deliberate construction by its creators,
a composition which may be as much distinguished for its beauty
as for its ugliness.
to the Hear Here exhibition use a microphone
that transcribes the human voice to a sound frequency
spectrum on a computer screen.
Photo courtesy Montshire Museum of Science
Murray Shafer, The Soundscape
The resources you'll find here come out of a workshop called Listening
to Exhibits, which was held in Phoenix, Arizona, in October
2001, in conjunction with the ASTC Annual Conference. The workshop
was designed to heighten awareness of the museum soundscapefrom
ambient sound and noise to sound as an element of multisensory
Ambient sound and noise
ambient noise, by Robert Fry
into perception of acoustic space from John Hull's memoir
Touching the Rock: An Experience of Blindness
References and links
and resources on the soundscape; environmental psychology
and noise; design of public places; sound in exhibits; aging,
access, and exhibit design; and acoustics and sonification.
Also includes links to listening activities.
and Recorded Media: Audio Description and other areas
of the Accessible Practices area of the Resource Center.