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Inner City in the Listener’s Auditory Bubble



Hedda Lindström , Tanja Jörgensen , Rikard Lindell

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AM '23: Proceedings of the 18th International Audio Mostly Conference


This paper describes the effect on the listeners’ experience of headphone listening to a music composition including inner-city sound while being in an inner-city environment, using a research through design approach. The study focuses on the listeners’ described ex- periences through the lens of Berleant’s aesthetic sensibility and Bull’s phenomenon of the auditory bubble. We produce a composi- tion which participants listen to in an urban context and discuss the two main themes found, soundtrack and awareness, together with the indications of the possibility to direct listeners’ attention and level of immersion by including inner-city ambience and sound in music when listening with headphones in an urban environment.


author = {Hedda Lindstr{\"o}m and Tanja J{\"o}rgensen and Rikard Lindell},
title = {Inner City in the Listener’s Auditory Bubble},
month = {August},
year = {2023},
booktitle = {AM '23: Proceedings of the 18th International Audio Mostly Conference},
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