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Affective acoustic ecology: towards emotionally enhanced sound events

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th Audio Mostly Conference: A Conference on Interaction with Sound
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-1569-2
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication


Sound events can carry multiple information, related to the sound source and to ambient environment. However, it is well-known that sound evokes emotions, a fact that is verified by works in the disciplines of Music Emotion Recognition and Music Information Retrieval that focused on the impact of music to emotions. In this work we introduce the concept of affective acoustic ecology that extends the above relation to the general concept of sound events. Towards this aim, we define sound event as a novel audio structure with multiple components. We further investigate the application of existing emotion models employed for music affective analysis to sonic, non-musical, content. The obtained results indicate that although such application is feasible, no significant trends and classification outcomes are observed that would allow the definition of an analytic relation between the technical characteristics of a sound event waveform and raised emotions.


  • affective acoustic ecology, emotion recognition, Sound events

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