Cultural Domain Analysis for Soundscape Assessment

  • Malay DhameliaEmail author
  • Girish Dalvi
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 134)


UPDATED—2019/01/05 07:57:47. Sonic environment consisting of various sounds ranging from music and natural sounds to artificial sounds is an integral part of any geography. It is a reflection of people living in the location as well as an influencer of culture in that location. To assess the perception of a person or people of context offered by that location, a soundscape assessment is performed that majorly involve Likert-based questions for pleasantness, annoyance, appropriateness, and so forth. We propose a qualitative method to assess soundscapes from a cultural point of view derived and tweaked from existing methods and tools like the Swedish soundscape quality protocol (SSQP). The method stands as a counterpart of qualitative soundscape assessment approaches like the SSQP, however, it provides richer insights into the perception of the soundscape with its effects, sound characteristics, and cultural meanings. The developed method is also deployed to a field study in Phulenagar, an urban slum of Mumbai. Regions such as these, occupied by people of low socioeconomic stratum have rich sonic interactions because of small residences and proximity of residences. They also offer rich soundscape which is created and affected by sounds generated from various cultural, social, and economic sources and activities. The analyzed results are presented in the form of insights.


Human-centered computing Collaborative and social computing Design and evaluation methods Ethnographic studies User studies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IDC School of Design IIT BombayBombayIndia

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