0202, Alarm Fatigue, 2018
Two buttons play two different sound compositions, which can be heard with the headset. Spatial audio design creates the sensation of being immersed in a three-dimensional environment. The first composition depicts the chaos of a typical hospital emergency ward. In the second composition, unnecessary sounds have been eliminated, and new sounds offer a more humane patient experience. The project addresses "alarm fatigue," which occurs when false alarms and sonic clutter cause workers to ignore emergency alerts. Designed by Man Made Music, a strategic sound design company.
Man Made Music (New York, New York, USA, founded 1998); Interactive spatial audio compositions, 57 seconds; 1:13 minutes; Commissioned by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; Noise-canceling headphones generously provided by Sennheiser
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This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Senses: Design Beyond Vision.