The Rough Mile: Reframing Location Through Locative Audio

Hazzard, Adrian; Spence, Jocelyn; Greenhalgh, Chris and McGrath, Sean. 2017. 'The Rough Mile: Reframing Location Through Locative Audio'. In: Proceedings of the 12th International Audio Mostly Conference on Augmented and Participatory Sound and Music Experiences. Queen Mary University, London, United Kingdom 23-26 August 2017. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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We chart the design and deployment of The Rough Mile: a multi-layered locative audio walk that blends pre-recorded spoken word, original music, and ambient environmental sound with real-time external ambient sound by employing bone conduction headphones. The design of the walking experience -- set in a city centre streets -- deliberately sought to explore novel mechanisms to create thematic and functional relationships between the layers of audio and attributes of the built environment, with the intention of constructing an augmented environment where the sounds of real and fictional are blurred. Twenty-six participants completed the walk describing an absorbing and well paced experience that encouraged them to view the location with an altered perspective, one that pulled aspects of the built environment and its population into the fictional story. We distil the findings and present a set of implications for the design of such locative walking experiences.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Talk)

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audio, music, soundtrack, locative, walking, experience

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23 August 2017Accepted
26 August 2017Published

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Queen Mary University, London, United Kingdom

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23-26 August 2017

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07 Jun 2019 11:54

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13 Jun 2021 03:05


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