Veröffentlichung in der Fachbuchreihe „Doing Research in Sound Design”

Edited by Michael Filimowicz, published by Routledge/ Focal Press

„Watching and Evaluating Simultanouesly: An Approach to Measure the Expressive Power of Sound Design in a Moving Picture” by Maximilian Kock


Veröffentlichung  in „Empirical Musicology Review (EMR)”

Empirical Musicology Review is published by The Ohio State University Libraries

    Editors: Daniel Müllensiefen, Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom
    Daniel Shanahan, Ohio State University, United States

    Vol. 13 No. 3-4 (2018),

    "The Power of Sound Design in A Moving Picture: an Empirical Study with emoTouch for iPad"

    ABSTRACT: The art of sound design for a moving picture rests basically on the work experience of pragmatists. This study tries to establishsome guidelines on sound design: In an experiment 240 participants gave feedback about their emotions while watching two videos, each combined with four different audio tracks – music, sound effects, full sounddesign (music and sound effects) and no audio (as the comparative "null" version).

    Each participant viewed an audiovisual combination once to prevent habituation. The lead author employed a tablet-computer with the emoTouch-application serving as a mapping tool to provide information about the emotional responses. The participants moved a marker on the tablet's touch screen in a two-dimensional rating scale describing their felt immersion and suspense. A 3-factor-ANOVA showed significant increases of the median (and maxima) values of immersion and suspensewhen the participants listened to music and/ or sound effects. These values were always compared to the induced emotions of the participants who watched the videos with no audio at all.

    The video with full sound design audio tracks increased the median immersion values up to four times and the median suspense values up to 1.4 times. The median suspense values of the video with either music or sound effects droppedby 40 percent compared to the median suspense values of the null version. In contrast, the median immersion values were increased up to 3.6 times. The findings point to the importance of sound effects in an appropriate mix with music to enhance the viewers induced immersion and suspense.


    Dissertation (Veröffentlichung 2018 bei Schiele & Schön, Berlin):

    "Wie der Ton zum Bild passt: Wege zu effektivem Sounddesign":

    Wie nehmen Rezipienten Soundeffekte in Verbindung mit Musik wahr? Durch Hörversuche mit 240 Probanden soll die emotionale und immersive Wirkung einer Tonspur ermittelt und das implizite Wissen von Sounddesignern für die praktische Tonspurgestaltung bestätigt und erweitert werden. Promotion zum Dr. phil. im Jahre 2018.

    Hier zu bestellen:



    "Der Tonmeister" von Carlos Albrecht, 2010, Verlag Schiele & Schön, Berlin
    "Audio-Vision" von Michel Chion, 2013, Verlag Schiele & Schön, Berlin
    "Tontechnik" von Thomas Görne, 2017, Carl Hanser Verlag, München
    "Audiodesign" von Hannes Raffaseder, 2010, Carl Hanser Verlag, München