In this obviously biased but still quite interesting New Statesman article, the marketing team at Biamp, an audio engineering firm, collect examples of impact from experiments in conscious building- and urban-scale soundscape design, such as the 15 percent drop in reported crime in Lancaster, California, following the installation of a birdsong-based soundscape in the downtown area.
Meanwhile, if your Monday morning is proving particularly challenging (as they are wont to do), give this soothing soundtrack a try — just don’t blame us if you get all your holiday shopping done, too!
What you’re listening to now is a generative sound installation that Glasgow Airport trialled in its departures terminal – the scheme was put in place to try to sooth passengers in a potentially stressful environment. In this case researchers found that travellers admitted to feeling more relaxed, even in cases where they hadn’t realised the soundscape was playing. And perhaps more surprisingly, retailers noticed an uplift in sales during the trial, with some periods seeing an increase of nearly 10 per cent in passenger spending.