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Virtual Musicality: Soundtrack enters VR
University of Skövde, School of Informatics.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Virtual Reality (VR) can potentially transport the user to another world. Outside of VR, musical soundtrack is usually placed outside of the scene, referred to as non-diegetic sound. In VR, this could potentially break immersion. Other ways to implement music have to be tested.

A test was created consisting of three scenes with a wide selection of “listening modes”, or musical configurations. The listening modes ranged from non-diegetic stereo music via headphones to diegetic, played from speakers inside the VR spaces. 10 respondents played through the scenes in VR, experiencing every listening mode. Respondents then replied to a questionnaire gathering their thoughts on their experience.

Results showed that immersion improved the more the experience corresponded to expectations from outside of VR. Non-diegetic listening modes were considered less immersive than diegetic listening modes.

This study lays a basic foundation for further research on music in VR with initial guidelines for proper implementation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 28 p.
Keyword [en]
virtual, reality, audiovisual, audio, visual, contract, immersion, presence
National Category
Media Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-12824OAI: diva2:955840
Subject / course
Media, Aesthetics and Narration
Educational program
Computer Game Development - Sound/Music
2016-08-24, A103, Högskolan i Skövde, Skövde, 13:50 (Swedish)
Available from: 2016-08-31 Created: 2016-08-26 Last updated: 2016-08-31Bibliographically approved

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