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Röber, N., & Masuch, M. (2006). Soundpipes: A new way of path sonification No. 5. Magdeburg: Fakultät für Informatik, Otto-von-Guericke Universität. 
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Resource type: Report/Documentation
BibTeX citation key: Rober2006a
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Categories: Sound Design
Keywords: Localization, Navigation
Creators: Masuch, Röber
Publisher: Fakultät für Informatik, Otto-von-Guericke Universität (Magdeburg)
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"The processes of navigation and orientation in unfamiliar environments are mentally complex and difficult tasks. Many techniques have evolved to aid in this exploration, including perceptional skills (eg. landmarks) as well as technical tools (eg. maps). Both assist the sighted user in the navigation through complex environments. As auditory perception differs from vision, the tasks of navigation and orientation become more challenging. Some of the visual techniques can be adopted to the auditory world, but generally less information can be perceived through sound.

In this work, we first discuss several general approaches and techniques to aid in the exploration and navigation of virtual, auditory worlds. Along these techniques, we explicitly focus on the sonification of pathways and trails and introduce a new method for path sonification: Soundpipes. These soundpipes are easy to implement, but can greatly enhance the perception of auditory worlds as well as assist the user in the navigation and orientation within complex acoustic environments. The applications for the soundpipes approach are manifold and range from navigational aids for the blind to assistive tools for playing audio-only computer games."
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