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Schulte-Fortkamp, B., Fiebig, A., Sisneros, J. A., Popper, A. N., & Fay, R. R. (Eds). (2023). Soundscapes: Humans and their acoustic environment. Melville NY: ASA Press. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
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BibTeX citation key: SchulteFortkamp2023
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Keywords: Soundscape
Creators: Fay, Fiebig, Popper, Schulte-Fortkamp, Sisneros
Publisher: ASA Press (Melville NY)
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Abstract
"The concept of the “Soundscapes” includes all of the sounds in one’s environment and focuses not only on the sounds itself. Instead, it focuses on the interrelationships between person and activity and place, both in space and time. Soundscape also include influences on the acoustic environment through auditory sensation, its interpretation, and the responses to the acoustic environment in context. The conceptual framework of Soundscape describes the “process of perceiving or experiencing and/or understanding an acoustic environment, highlighting general concepts and their relationships: context, sound sources, acoustic environment, auditory sensation, interpretation of auditory sensation, responses, and outcomes” (International Organization for Standardization, ISO 12913-1:2014 Acoustics Soundscape Part Definition and Conceptual Framework, ISO, Geneva, 2014).

With soundscape, one achieves a deeper understanding of acoustic environment and its effects on people.  The ISO standard 12931-1 on soundscape provides an important, and rigorous, distinction in the use of “Soundscape.” But, it is recognizable that some individuals, particularly planners, designers, lay persons, and even those primarily interested in management of the acoustic environment through environmental noise control, will find it convenient to use “Soundscape” as a synonym for the physical acoustic environment.

When it comes to noise management and urban planning, soundscape research has the potential to promote healthy urban environments by sharing and incorporating the significant knowledge of all concerned parties. Understandably, this shows that the communication with regard to noise management has to be forced to guarantee that the specifics of Soundscapes (i.e., the relevance of perception) are seriously considered alongside the whole.

This book will bridge the gap between soundscape theory and practice and therefore it will be different from our earlier publications as “Soundscape and the built environment” (ed. by J. Kang and B. Schulte-Fortkamp CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, Boca Raton, Fl  2016) and also from the respective Special Issues on Soundscapes  in 2012 in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (ed. by B. Schulte-Fortkamp and J. Kang), and also the Special Issue in Acta Acustica 2006 *(ed. by B. Schulte-Fortkamp and D. Dubois), and the E-book on soundscape 

This volume will be driven by the difficult process of standardization of Soundscape and its evaluation procedures. The main goal of the proposed volume is to present and review the developments in Soundscape, reflecting the standardization procedure and the diverse inputs.   the needs in management and planning in urban acoustic environments, the book will also focus on the difficulties, as well as the solutions, in interdisciplinary grounded communication, that is, on the one hand, related to science, but on the other to application, that needs guidance."


  
Notes
They mention non-humans and their quality of life (a minefield right there!) but then that’s about it, and further along in 1.1.2 (p.3) there’s the statement that the book focusses on the human aspects but the ideas and principles it contains are equally valid for non-humans. There’s some mention of animals in ch.3 but very briefly and mainly to direct the reader to some external source. A search for ultrasound or even ‘ultra*’ (nevermind ‘VHF’ or ‘very high frequency’) produces nothing. This is another example of the abjection of ultrasound in acoustics and (now) soundscape research. To be fair, the title does indicate a human-only approach. However, I would question whether the ideas and principles espoused in the book are indeed valid for non-humans as they claim—on what evidence?

Also, given their conception of soundscape as a perceptual construct of the (acoustic) environment, the logic and thinking is muddled throughout—are sounds perceptual, a part of the perceptual construct, or are sounds objects (or events)—sound waves—in the external acoustic environment?


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p.2, Section 1.1.1  

They define soundscape as “the perceptual construct of the (acoustic) environment“ —perceptual . . .

Also: "Each chapter refers to soundscape within the definition “acoustic environment as perceived or experienced and/or understood by a person or people, in context”[cite]1337[/cite]."

Also: "Soundscape is playing an emergent role" and numerous other similar constructs where the definite article is omitted.



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Keywords:   Soundscape
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