1st Edition

Doing Research in Sound Design

Edited By Michael Filimowicz Copyright 2021
    386 Pages 77 B/W Illustrations
    by Focal Press

    386 Pages 77 B/W Illustrations
    by Focal Press

    Doing Research in Sound Design gathers chapters on the wide range of research methodologies used in sound design. Editor Michael Filimowicz and a diverse group of contributors provide an overview of cross-disciplinary inquiry into sound design that transcends discursive and practical divides.

    The book covers Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods inquiry. For those new to sound design research, each chapter covers specific research methods that can be utilized directly in order to begin to integrate the methodology into their practice. More experienced researchers will find the scope of topics comprehensive and rich in ideas for new lines of inquiry.

    Students and teachers in sound design graduate programs, industry-based R&D experts and audio professionals will find the volume to be a useful guide in developing their skills of inquiry into sound design for any particular application area.

    Volume Introduction

    Michael Filimowicz


    1. Sound Design Thinking

    Vincent Meelberg

    2. Meaning-making and Embodied Cognition in Sound Design Research

    Stephen Roddy and Brian Bridges

    3. Mapping Space and Time in the Soundtrack: Embodied Cognition and the Soundtrack’s Spatiotemporal Contract

    Adam Melvin and Brian Bridges

    4. Measuring People’s Cognitive and Emotional Response: Psychophysiological Methods to Study Sound Design

    Emma Rodero

    5. Watching and Evaluating Simultaneously: an Approach to Measure the Expressive Power of Sound Design in a Moving Picture

    Maximilian Kock

    6. Using a Semiotic Approach to the Practice of Sound Design

    Leo Murray

    7. Audi(o) Branding and Object Sounds in an Audio-visual Setting – the Case of the Car

    Nicolai Jørgensgaard Graakjær

    8. Designing and Reporting Research on Sound Design and Music for Health - Methods and Frameworks for Impact

    Kjetil Falkenberg Hansen and Emma Frid

    9. Practice-led and Interdisciplinary Research: Investigating Affective Sound Design

    Stuart Cunningham and Jon Weinel

    10. Research-creation as a Generative Approach to Sound Design

    Prophecy Sun, Kate Hennessey, Kristin Carlson

    11. The Soundscape Approach: New Opportunities in Sound Design Practice

    Ian Thompson

    12. Developing a Sound Design Creative A.i. Methodology

    Miles Thorogood

    13. Sonification Research: Overview and Emerging Topics

    Sandra Pauletto, Roberto Bresin

    14. Sound Design in the Context of Sonification

    Visda Goudarzi

    15. Creating and Evaluating Aesthetics in Sonification

    Nuria Bonet

    16. Revealing Industry Culture: a Cultural Ethnographic Approach to Post-production Sound Vanessa Ament

    17. Sound Design as Viewed by Sound Designers: a Questionnaire About People, Practice, and Definitions

    Laura Zattra, Nicolas Donin, David Fierro, Frank Pecquet, and Nicolis Misdarlis

    18. Qualitative, Pragmatic, and Hermeneutic Inquiries in Electroacoustic Compositions: Selected Case Studies

    Maria Kallionpää

    19. The Bold and the Beautiful Methods of Sound Experience Research: An Introduction to Mixing the Qualitative and Quantitative Study of the Subjective Experience of Sound and Music in Video Games

    Hans-Peter Gasselseder




    Michael Filimowicz is Senior Lecturer in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) at Simon Fraser University. He has a background in computer mediated communications, audiovisual production, new media art and creative writing. His research develops new multimodal display technologies, exploring novel form factors across different application contexts including gaming, immersive exhibitions, telepresence and simulations.