Special Issue of “Heritage” by MDPI on the acoustical heritage

Now online the Special Issue “Acoustical Heritage: Characteristics and Preservation”, directed by Antonella Bevilacqua (Department of Engineering and Architecture, Università di Parma) and Angela Bellia (CNR ISPC), within the open access Journal Heritage by MDPI.

The development of interactive tools aimed to involve visitors as “soundwalkers” of virtual reconstructions related to archaeological sites and places of historical-cultural and architectural interest, can open new research perspectives on the relationship between sound and multisensory interaction. Over the last few years, it has been possible to experience new opportunities for multisensory design that combines modeling tools and techniques with 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.

Relevant topics to this Special Issue include:

  • Archaeology
  • Acoustic engineering
  • Acoustic ecosystems
  • Archeology of sound or sound archaeology
  • Anthropology of sound and acoustemology
  • Multisensory communication
  • 3D modeling and virtual heritage
  • Acoustic design
  • Sound design in storytelling
  • Ecoacoustics
  • Sound arts
  • Video games

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024