Aural Tones

26 Mar 2007 - 4:05pm
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andrea
2006

Hello IxDA -

Working on a site re-launch and the creatives are hoping to find "musical
tones" that are not too offensive for the site surfer -- a simple auditory
cue for the site visitors.... anyone have any ideas where I can find a
sample of these?

many thanks for any leads,
Andrea

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27 Mar 2007 - 12:17am
Simon Clatworthy
2006

Hi Andrea

There are quite a lot of resources on the net about aural tones and
their use.

I am teaching a short course in sound design to my interaction design
students, and some links are collected on the course blog. I hope
this helps you and gives you some pointers. There is a great Youtube
video of Robert Fripp making aural tones for Vista. For any Fripp
fans it makes great watching, even though the quality is poor.

Our blog is at: http://www.sounddesignaho.blogspot.com/

Regards

SimonC

Simon Clatworthy
Professor of Interaction Design
Institute for Design
AHO, Oslo
Tel: +47 22 99 71 41
Mob: +47 911 42 337

27 Mar 2007 - 11:09pm
Victor Lombardi
2003

On Mar 26, 2007, at 5:18 PM, andrea wrote:

> ... hoping to find "musical
> tones" that are not too offensive for the site surfer -- a simple
> auditory
> cue for the site visitors....

ICAD is the center of the community of people working in this area:
http://www.icad.org/

A key piece of terminology to know in that field is Sonification,
"the use of nonspeech audio to convey information."

If you just want to look at one reference, check out "AUDITORY
INTERFACES: The Use of Non-Speech Audio at the Interface." Gaver et
al informed much of the original Macintosh sonification...
http://www.billbuxton.com/Audio.TOC.html

Victor Lombardi
http://victorlombardi.com/

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