Understanding immersive audio: A historical and socio-cultural exploration of auditory displays
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This paper examines the historical and socio-cultural underpinnings of immersive audio seen from the paradigms of Acoustic Ecology and Acoustic Communication. The paper offers the view that in order to understand the many implications of immersive sound, both from a design perspective and from a cultural studies perspective, we need to first examine its social and technological histories. The paper explores examples and concepts of immersive sound from the natural, electroacoustic, digital and interactive domains, and presents a case study of Ec(h)o - a real audioaugmented immersive museum installation.