Analysis Dave Herzog and Daniel Senn


Train Station Sounds


Recording Date: Thursday, January 11th 2006

1

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  • Product: Baggage cart
  • Function: inserting/taking out money
  • Interaction:
    • sliding/pushing
    • inserting with two fingers and pushing with the thumb
    • inserting latch with one hand
    • take out coin with two fingers
    • only little force is needed
    • Configuration: plastic slot which the coin fits in.
  • Sound:
    • low sound
    • less feedback (both haptic an acoustic)
    • close dragging sound metal on plastic
    • click is nearly not hearable
  • Context
    • Location: train platform
    • Soundscape: many sounds: people talking, loudspeakers, arriving/departing trains, cars passing, birds, moving suitcases, and so on...
    • the event is not noticed, because it's not hearable in the noise around it
    • Users: travellers with big baggage: tourists, families, businessmen, ...

2

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  • Product: Baggage cart
  • Function: pressing/releasing handlebar -> braking / releasing brake
  • Interaction:
    • pressing/pushing
    • pushing down with both hands and part of the body weight
    • Force: around 10-20 kg pushing force. Difficult to move for children.
    • robust construction
    • rather strong friction
  • Sound:
    • squeaking
    • friction sound plastic on plastic
    • hinge joint sound
    • every cart handle sounds different: different loudness, different squeeking sound
  • Context:
    • Location: train platform
    • Soundscape: many sounds: people talking, loudspeakers, arriving/departing trains, cars passing, birds, moving suitcases, and so on...
    • Users: travellers with big baggage: tourists, families, businessmen, ...

3

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  • Product: Newspaperbox
  • Function: opening/releasing cover
  • Interaction:
    • lift up the cover with one hand or arm
    • let go the cover
    • low force
    • fast movement
  • Sound:
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** loud hitting sound (plastic, drum) with vibration
    • deep medium metallic reverberation
  • Context:
    • Location: train station, could be somewhere in the city
    • Soundscape: many sounds: people talking, loudspeakers, arriving/departing trains, cars passing, birds, moving suitcases, and so on...
    • Users: travellers, commuters, students
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