Designing sounds for a children's hospital

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Contemplative listening is the most crucial skill and fundamental method when designing sounds for specific environments. It is essential to know the ingredients and understand the behaviour of the soundscape in question, and especially when using generative methods in (re)constructing or (re)creating a soundscape this cannot be fully achieved without listening for an extended period of time. Furthermore, soundscapes and aural interiors can be listened to in a reduced way as they were ambient music.

In this talk I will introduce an actual large-scale interior sound design project in order to delineate the characteristics of sound as an element, material and subject of discussion in a bigger planning context. A new hospital for children in Helsinki, Finland was completed and taken into use in 2018. Aside from patient rooms and facilities for medical operations, large areas of this hospital are being equipped with loudspeakers. The loudspeakers are used to play a generative ambient soundscape specially designed and tailored for the hospital. While going through the project, I will concentrate on the importance of listening within the design process and evaluation of the outcomes rather than going deeply into technical details or administrative issues.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2019
MoE publication typeNot Eligible
EventSonic Research in Academia and the Arts - Universität der Künste Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Duration: 31 May 20191 Jun 2019


ConferenceSonic Research in Academia and the Arts
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  • Sound Design
  • Soundscape design
  • Sonic research


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