Sonic Interaction Design – Week 2


After the feedback we got to our life-performance, we decided to Make some user testings. That we recorded some new different versions of sounds very intuitively. Then we edited them with the vocoder and with the massive synthesizer. Three different collections of sounds came out.


This morning we listened to all the sounds we produced together and made a selection of the sounds we want to take for the user testing.

The sounds were numbered from 1 to 18 and we had three users from different majors to test our sound out. After that, we collected the sounds that had the similar feedbacks and took the pictures of the result. Then we tried to figure out the possible scenarios with these sounds, trying to find out the possible interactions and the information that we can have with our concept. (The pictures of the user testing and its result is below.)


  • Getting attention: sound 6(come_on_1), sound 16(cold_1)
  • Notification of the information: sound 5 (whistle_2)
  • Light: sound 4(whistle_1), sound 17(light_1)
  • Electricity: sound 14(electricity_1)
  • Pushing (demanding) the action from user: sound 18 (light_2)
  • General talking: sound 1 (messaging_1)


  • Lifting: sound 18 (light_2)
  • Tapping: sound 9 (acknowledge_1)


Before the morning, we analyzed the result sounds from the user-testing. While doing that, we could find the similarities in the tone and the characteristics of the collected sounds. We did the analysis in three categories: Information, Interaction, and Other possibilities. the following pictures show the specific demonstration of our sounds which are grouped in common.

For the next step, we are going to compose the language of the cube with our sounds, using our ’sound blocks‘ to create the sentence of the information. Then also with the basic interaction, we will try to make a simple base-sound with different frequencies that can tell users about the proceeding status of the cube.

First ’sound blocks‘ or segments could be composed using the following samples:
talking sound (messaging_1) + notification (whistle_2) + light (light_1) + demanding an action (light_2)


Further tryouts:

Basic Sound with different frequences.
Because it would need more time than we have in this course to work out the following sounds, we decided to go further with the sounds we allready used for the usertesting and edit the choosen ones a bit.


In the morning muchi and Ju recorded the Video in Ju’s flat while Alessa was doing the Poster.
For the Video we decided to include an off voice that documents the interaction with the device.
This methode gave us the opportunity to explain different possible secenario’s in one scene and helped us to keep the video short.

For the Design of the Poster, we decided to work with the cube, in which we explain what the device is (The Motivation behind, the concept aswell as the characteristic and his language). On the bottom we went deepli into our process and writed dow the things that were expected.

In the afternoon we were cutting the video and made the sounds (off-voice) for the video.