Aurally and visually enhanced audio search with soundtorch

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Aurally and visually enhanced audio search with soundtorch
Finding a specific or an artistically appropriate sound in a vast collection comprising thousands of audio files containing recordings of, say, footsteps, gunshots, and thunderclaps easily becomes a chore. To improve on this, we have developed an enhanced auditory and graphical zoomable user interface that leverages the human brain's capability to single out sounds from a spatial mixture: The user shines a virtual flashlight onto an automatically created 2D arrangement of icons that represent sounds. All sounds within the light cone are played back in parallel through a surround sound system. A GPU-accelerated visualization facilitates identifying the icons on the screen with acoustic items in the dense cloud of sound. Test show that the user can pick the "right" sounds more quickly and/or with more fun than with standard file-by-file auditioning. Keywords Sound effects, Foley art, music information retrieval, audio spatialization ACM Classification Keywords H5.2. Infor...
Sebastian Heise, Michael Hlatky, Jörn Lovisca
Added 24 Nov 2009
Updated 24 Nov 2009
Type Conference
Year 2009
Where CHI
Authors Sebastian Heise, Michael Hlatky, Jörn Loviscach
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