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Perceptual Evaluation of an Audio Film for Visually Impaired Audiences

This paper explores a format of sonic art referred to as audio film that was developed to study different ways in which film sound production and postproduction techniques could be applied to the enhancement of Audio Description (AD) for visually impaired film and television audiences. A prototype of this format was tested with a group of nine volunteers with sight loss in order to test its effectiveness. The perceptual evaluation demonstrated the potential of this format for conveying a clear narrative as well as providing an entertaining experience. Future work will include the investigation of conventions to indicate scene changes within audio-only formats as well as studying the impact of object-based mixing on audio films.

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