The Danish Sound Technology Network has developed a smartphone app to collect data live from festivals in order to improve the sound experience. Ingeniøren brought the story on 23 June.
When the live sound experiences at festivals are too low and the frustrations are equally high, help is only an app away. Together with DELTA, the Danish Sound Technology Network has developed the smartphone app, Roskilde SoundRate App that collects data and knowledge from the audience at live concerts. In the article New app will give better sound to festival goers (Ny app skal være med til at give festivalgæster bedre lyd), Ingeniøren interviewed the director of the Danish Sound Technology Network and associate professor at DTU Informatics Jan Larsen about the new app which is launched at Roskilde Festival.
”The idea with the app is to collect evaluations of the sound on different parameters. It can be on sound quality and on the experience itself. In that way we get knowledge about how the audience experiences the sound and in that sense Roskilde is a unique possibility. It’s like one big live laboratory,” says Jan Larsen.
The app collects demographic data, location information from GPS and Bluetooth, and detailed information about sound quality and user experience. This information will then be compared with objective measurements of the sound at the festival. From this, the network hope to develop some recommendations and new knowhow to improve live sound experiences in the future.
Danish Sound Technology Network is hosted at the Section for Cognitive Systems at DTU Informatics and is funded by the Danish Agency for Science Technology and Innovation from 2009-2014. They focus on making Denmark one of the leading countries when it comes to knowledge, research and education in sound technology.
Link to the article in Ingeniøren (in Danish)
Ny app skal være med til at give festivalgæster bedre lyd
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