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Mustonen, M.-S. (2007). Introducing timbre to design of semi-abstract earcons: The role of timbre in meaning creation of non-speech interface sounds. Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller. 
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Resource type: Book
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-3-639-04249-8
BibTeX citation key: Mustonen2007
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Categories: Sound Design
Keywords: Audification, Earcons & Auditory Icons, Sonification, Timbre
Creators: Mustonen
Publisher: VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller (Saarbrücken)
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Interface sounds have a relatively modest role in present day human computer interaction. The visual display is usually considered the most important part of of the interface. Several studies of non-speech sounds have demonstrated encouraging results of how effective sounds could be. Despite these results, commercial interface design has not adapted sound usage. This may be partly due to the fact that some aspects of earlier studies have not been well thought-out, and the sounds designed with the help of earlier guidelines may not be functional. This content analytic literature study focuses on studying the earlier research of non-speech interface sounds, literature of the semiotics, audiovisual design, musicology and psychacoustic.

The literature of semiotics shows that the division of auditory signs of the interface as representative or [sic] abstract sounds is, to some extent, misleading. The intuitiveness of the auditory signs in interface has been excluded. If intuitiveness or connotations of the sound is not considered, it may lead to problems. If the auditory sign does not fit into the context, or to the meaning it conveys, it may be distracting and non-functional.

The problems introduced can be solved. The literature research of audiovisual design, musicology and psychacoustics demonstrates that timbre may be a key dimension in improving usability of auditory signs, and careful consideration of the connotations and other effects of timbre can improve non-speech sound usage.

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