Auditory Augmentation

2009/2010 by Till Bovermann, René Tünnermann, and Thomas Hermann.

Auditory Augmentations are building blocks supporting the design of data representation tools, which unobtrusively alter the auditory characteristics of structure-borne sounds. The system enriches the structure-borne sound of objects with a sonification of (near) real time  data streams. The object’s auditory gestalt is shaped by data.driven parameters, creating a subtle display for ambient data streams. Auditory augmentation can be easily overlaid to existing sounds, and does not change prominent auditory features of the augmented objects like the sound’s timing or its volume. In a peripheral monitoring situation, the data stays out of the users’ attention if they want to concentrate on other items. However, a characteristic change will catch the users’ attention.

Several proof-of-concept applications were developed:

  • Wetterreim – Monitor the ambient weather situation at your workplace,
  • SchüttelReim – Sonic Data Exploration, Study I,
  • Paarreim – Sonic data exploration, study II, and
  • Tischreim – Ambient data monitoring concept.

Additional Material

  • Videos – see below
  • Publication – PhD Thesis, Chapter Reim pp. 116–131 (Publications page with link to PhD Thesis)
  • The Auditory Augmentation setup was part of the SID final exhibition in Oslo, accompanying NIME 2011.
  • We held a workshop at NIME 2011 on Auditory Augmentation.
  • Publication – Bovermann, T., Tünnermann, R., and Hermann, T. (2010). Auditory augmentation. International Journal of Ambient Computing and Intelligence (IJACI), 2(2):27–41.
  • Additional news on Auditory Augmentation can be found here.

People involved in the Production Process

Till Bovermann, René Tünnermann.