The Sonified Urban Masterplan (Sum) Tool: Sonification for Urban Planning and Design
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This paper describes the progress of an interdisciplinary project that explores the potential for sonification in urban planning and design. The project involves the translation of visual urban mapping techniques used in urban planning and design, into sound, through the development of the Sonified Urban Masterplan (SUM) tool. We will describe our sonification approach and outline the implementation of the SUM tool within the computer-aided composition environment PWGL. The tool will be applied to a selected urban data set to demonstrate its potential. The paper concludes with the advantages of such an approach in urban analysis, as well as introduces the possibility, within such CAC environments as PWGL and OpenMusic, to ‘compose’ urban plans and design using sound.