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Tuesday, June 15 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Online Sketching Soundscape Scenarios

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This session begins with a discussion about Soundscapes focusing on the relationship between places and their sounds and listening for sounds that have an aesthetic affect on people, either emotionally or through cognitive association. We will explain how to identify, categorize, listen to, and reproduce sounds.

Small teams in Zoom breakout rooms will each be assigned a photograph and work in a Miro workspace to take notes and develop sequences of their sound tags. They will be asked to  vocally sketch the sound producing objects and the emotive context of the scenario so that the other workshop participants can guess the scene when we reconvene. To do this, each team will identify the significant sounds and layers of sound tied to their place and the people in it. They will begin to  vocally reproduce them, in order to create a 30-second soundscape that captures the essence of that place and the activities going on within it, with the goal of conveying its overall psycho-acoustical aesthetic. 

Teams will return to Zoom and perform their soundtags for others to try to identify. In closing we will reflect on the value of prioritizing non-visual relationships with familiar and populated surroundings, especially in the wake of being exceptionally vision-centered and isolated in response to the COVID pandemic.

What will you learn or experience as a result of this program or session?
  • You will appreciate the experiences of and vocally sketch the psycho-acoustical soundscapes of familiar everyday places.
  • You will become sensitive to the sounds in the environment, especially sounds that provide feedback or cues for and about interactions.
  • You will develop skills in identifying, categorizing, and understanding aesthetic qualities of sounds    ..

How might the content of this program or session change your perceptions, habits, ways of working, or view on the world?
  • You might expand your multi-sensory aesthetic awareness.
  • You might become more sensitive to the layers and emotional properties of soundscapes  and how they are perceived to develop a focused understanding of the power of sounds in daily life.
  • You might translate familiar everyday experiences into a different multi-faceted sensory modality that is not often acknowledged, which provides opportunities for lateral approaches to problem solving.
  • You might have the opportunity to honor familiar experiences that may seem like they were in a remote past, and celebrate their value for a more sensorially-rich future.

How might you apply what you learn or experience in this program or session?
  • You might use complex multi-sensory layers of everyday experiences to develop a more nuanced approach to supporting creativity and to solving complex problems.
  • You might gain perspective on sensory engagement with your surroundings to help you connect to the world around you and encourage you to develop an awareness of the aesthetic experience of sound.
  • You will experience how creativity research is transformed into creativity training application.

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Lois Frankel

Professor, Carleton University
As an industrial Design Professor at Carleton University since 1994, Lois has been engaged in user-centred creative problem solving in the design of products and services for people’s everyday lives, ranging from wearable computing devices to dinner ware, and many items in between... Read More →
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Eileen Harris

Carleton University
Eileen has loved CPSI since she first attended Springboard in 1991. Recently, Eileen has attended Exploration track sessions and finds CPSI to be like a holiday. She is very funny and enjoys organizing workshops on topics such as Your Brain on Yoga, or The Mindful Brain. She likes... Read More →
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Dawson Clark

Student, Carleton University
As an attendee of last year’s virtual conference Dawson was inspired by the enthusiasm and openness of the participants during speaker and workshop sessions. As a young designer he is looking forward to building his experience when it comes to facilitation. Dawson is passionate... Read More →
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Lindsay McCauley

Student, Carleton University
Lindsay has a Bachelor of Industrial Design and is currently a Master of Design candidate. Her experiences in academia have allowed Lindsay to take part in various design workshops and conferences. She especially loves facilitating co-design sessions and welcomes interdisciplinary... Read More →

Tuesday June 15, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am EDT