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Wednesday, October 26 • 4:30pm - 4:45pm
The Psychoacoustic Perception of Distance in Monophonic and Binaural Music

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Music plays an important role in immersive environments. With the rise in immersive technology, scientists in the field have been researching how music is perceived in extended reality (XR), in an attempt to improve the authenticity of audiovisual experiences. The auditory perception of distance is an important issue in 3D virtual environments but has been considered an obscure area. The study aims to compare monophonic and binaural signals for better localization, over different types of music audio sources.

A listening test was conducted with five different types of music sources in Near, Medium, and Far locations. The results indicate that some localization cues gain more relevance than others, depending on the distance that an audio signal originates from. The direct-to-reverberant energy ratio, in conjunction with binaural processing, contributes significantly to conveying the distance perception of a sound. It is also concluded that distant signals are better perceived as being distant if the sound signal is mono rather than binaural. The findings of this study contribute to the development of psychoacoustic research in XR environments.

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Maham Riaz

Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Oslo
I am a classically trained musician with a flair for studio life. Studios are where all the magic happens - there is always much to learn from recording, mixing and hardware design. As a composer and performer, I always look for ways to put my research ambitions in context of my compositions... Read More →
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Agnieszka Roginska

Former AES President, New York University
Agnieszka Roginska is a Professor of Music Technology at New York University. She conducts research in the simulation and applications of immersive and 3D audio including the capture, analysis and synthesis of auditory environments, auditory displays and applications in augmented... Read More →

Wednesday October 26, 2022 4:30pm - 4:45pm EDT
Online Papers
  Spatial Audio
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