Internoise 2013 will take place in Innsbruck from September 15th-18th (http://www.internoise2013.com/). Here’s the abstract we submitted:
Orlando theme park acoustics – A soundscape analysis
Fabio Kaiser and Thorsten Rohde
Theme parks are self-contained environments creating a fantasy world with a very special purpose – entertaining. It is self-evident that sound plays a crucial role in the design of a visitor’s experience. In order to identify the relationship between a park’s architecture, the prevalent activities and the acoustics the soundscape approach is applied. It not only comprises quantitative measures but also perceptual and context-based measures and therefore seems to be most promising for the task. For this research four different theme parks in Orlando, USA, were evaluated during one day each. Soundwalks using binaural microphones as well as standard sound level measurements of single point-of-interest and the daily sound exposure were carried out. Further the sound quality and the context were captured by filling out evaluation forms. These methods helped in identifying characteristics, e.g., of noise sources of a contextual positive quality as well as sources having a rather negative effect. Examples of destructive acoustic design were identified and sound levels of attractions and of the daily exposure were measured that reach critical values. This work also discusses the use of the soundscape analysis for the consulting on the acoustic design of new theme parks.