Auditory Torches

Michael Rüsenberg recommended the following paper to me. I met Michael at the sound art conference “Stare über Berlin. Ästhetische Analogien des Vogelsangs“, organised by Tilman Künzel in 2004, where I gave a paper on “Mobile Phone Music and Bird Song in Sound Art and Everyday Life” and he made a radio feature “Die Heiwatils” (by Michael Rüsenberg and Hans-Ulrich Werner. Deutschlandradio. Broadcast 01 December 2004) featuring some of my paper. Recently he interviewed Kersten Glandien (who teaches Sound Art at Brighton University) for the radio feature “Sonic London”.

Heuten, W., Henze, N., & Boll, S. (2007). Interactive exploration of city maps with auditory torches. San Jose, CA, USA.
Abstract: City maps are an important means to get an impression of the structure of cities. They represent visual abstraction of urban areas with different geographic entities, their locations, and spatial relations. However, this information is not sufficiently accessible today to blind and visually impaired people. To provide a non-visual access to map information, we developed an interactive auditory city map, which uses 3D non-speech sound to convey the position, shape, and type of geographic objects. For the interactive exploration of the auditory map, we designed a virtual walk-through. This allows the user to gain an overview of an area. To be able to focus on certain regions of the map, we equip the user with an auditory torch. With the auditory torch users can change the number of displayed objects in a self directed way. To further aid in getting a global idea of the displayed area we additionally introduce a bird’s eye view on the auditory map. Our evaluation shows that our approaches enable the user to gain an understanding of the explored environment.

This text is also interesting for the COST Action IC0601: Sonic Interaction Design (SID) I am part of.


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