Making
sense of sound

Sound Pollution

Sound pollution is on the brink of becoming the next greatest environmental challenge with harmfull effects on our physical and mental health, often indirectly caused by noise annoyance. However, the scope and urgency of this problem is not yet fully recognised and traditional acoustic approaches by itself are insufficient to tackle it. The soundscape approach offers a new perspective on the matter, by considering environmental sounds as a resource and not just as waste. By considering the environment holistically and from a psychological perspective, we help (amongst others) municipalities, healthcare organisations, construction companies, and music festivals to create sustainable soundscapes in which people can thrive. By optimizing the quality of the auditory environment for different goals and groups, we improve quality of life for all.

Services

Consultancy

We provide professional advice on creating and improving healthy soundscapes.

Technology

By mixing signal processing and machine learning, we develop state of the art technology for soundscape analysis.

Research

We have years of experience in conducting solid scientific research on soundscape perception.

Projects

Summer 2017

On behalf of the Municipality of Amsterdam, we researched the experience of local residents from music festivals. The Municipality is working towards a lively and livable future for all its residents.

29 October 2017

On the 29th of October the national Day of Silence is celebrated. The Dutch Society on Noise Abatement encourages all Dutch citizens to visit official silent areas and log their experience with MoSART.

2017-2018

Currently, healthcare organisation Royal Dutch Viso is implementing our MoSART+ intervention to increase audible awareness amongst their healthcare professionals.

17 July 2017

Together with the University Medical Center Groningen we have been awarded a Memorabel research grant from ZonMw, to study the effects of our MoSART+ intervention on the Quality of Life for elderly with dementia living in nursing homes.

Soundscape

A soundscape is the auditory equivalent of a landscape. It is a perceptual construct and consists of all the audible sounds on any given moment, as understood or perceived by a certain person or society. A soundscape is not only about how a place sounds, but also about how it feels. It includes the interrelationships between person and activity and place, in space and time. Our soundscapes are important because they influence our physical and mental health. Therefore, it's time to open our ears.

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