CNR ISPC Special Issue of “Heritage” by MDPI on Sonic Heritage

Now online the Special Issue “Sonic Heritage: Sound and Multisensory Interactions in Immersive Virtual Reality and Cultural Heritage”, directed by Eva Pietroni and Angela Bellia, researchers of the CNR ISPC, within the open access Journal “Heritage” by MDPI, indexed in Scopus.

The development of interactive tools aimed at involving visitors as “soundwalkers” of virtual reconstructions of archaeological sites and of places of historical-cultural and architectural interest, as well as of their “historical soundscape”, can open new research perspectives on the relationship between sound and multisensory interaction in a virtual environment. Indeed, over the last few years, it has been possible to experience new opportunities for multisensory design that combines modeling tools and techniques and Virtual Reality experiences in the acoustic field with the full involvement of the visitor’s perceptual apparatus.

Therefore, this special issue will focus on how the immersive multisensory experience –taking in consideration in particular the interaction between sight and hearing in virtual reconstructions – can provide a deeper knowledge of cultural identities and spaces where sound – as a set of music, voices, ambient sounds and noises -, was produced and perceived. Furthermore, by encouraging the investigation on “sonic heritage”, this special issue aims to contextualize and enhance the study on anthropophony, geophony and biophony in the past and in the present, and on “digital audible history” in order to consider them as cultural heritage to be known, preserved and disseminated.

Some of the accepted topics are:

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology of Sound or Sound Archaeology
  • Anthropology of Sound and Acoustemology
  • Multisensory communication
  • 3D Modeling and Virtual Heritage
  • Acoustic Design
  • Sound design in storytelling
  • Acoustic ecosystems
  • Ecoarchaeology
  • Acoustic Engineering
  • Sound Arts
  • Video Games

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2022