Sonifications for digital audio workstations: Reflections on a participatory design approach

Oussama Metatla, Nick Bryan-Kinns, Tony Stockman, Fiore Martin

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Abstract

Methods to engage users in the design process rely predominantly on visual techniques, such as paper prototypes, to facilitate the expression and communication of design ideas. The visual nature of these tools makes them inaccessible to people living with visual impairments. Additionally, while using visual means to express ideas for designing graphical interfaces is appropriate, it is harder to use them to articulate the design of non-visual displays. We applied a user-centred approach that incorporates various participatory design techniques to help make the design process accessible to visually impaired musicians and audio production specialists to examine how auditory displays, sonification and haptic interaction can support some of their activities. We describe this approach together with the resulting designs, and reflect on the benefits and challenges that we encountered when applying these techniques in the context of designing sonifications to support audio editing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 Proceedings of the International Conference on Auditory Display
Subtitle of host publicationICAD in space – Interactive spatial sonification
PublisherInstitute of Electronic Music and Acoustics
Pages144-151
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783902949011
Publication statusPublished - 17 Sep 2015
EventInternational Conference on Auditory Display - Graz, Austria
Duration: 6 Jul 201510 Jul 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 21st International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD 2015)
PublisherInstitute of Electronic Music and Acoustics
ISSN (Print)2168-5126

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Auditory Display
CountryAustria
CityGraz
Period6/07/1510/07/15

Keywords

  • Audio editing
  • Auditory display
  • Haptic interaction
  • Sonifications
  • Visually impaired

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