Characterising Soundscape Research in Human-Computer Interaction

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'Soundscapes' are an increasingly active topic in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and interaction design. From mapping acoustic environments through sound recordings to designing compositions as interventions, soundscapes appear as a recurring theme across a wide body of HCI research. Based on this growing interest, now is the time to explore the types of studies in which soundscapes provide a valuable lens to HCI research. In this paper, we review papers from conferences sponsored or co-sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction in which the term 'soundscape' occurs. We analyse a total of 235 papers to understand the role of soundscapes as a research focus and identify untapped opportunities for soundscape research within HCI. We identify two common soundscape conceptualisations: (1) Acoustic environments and (2) Compositions, and describe what characterises studies into each concept and the hybrid forms that also occur. On the basis of this, we carve out a foundation for future soundscape research in HCI as a methodological anchor to form a common ground and support this growing research interest. Finally, we offer five recommendations for further research into soundscapes within HCI.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS 2022 - Proceedings of the 2022 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference : Digital Wellbeing
Number of pages24
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date13 Jun 2022
ISBN (Electronic)9781450393584
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jun 2022
Event17th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2022 -
Duration: 13 Jun 202217 Jun 2022


Conference17th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2022
SeriesDIS: Designing Interactive Systems


  • audio
  • literature review
  • sounds
  • Soundscape
  • theory


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