Faculty Advisor

Bianchi, Frederick W.

Project Center

Bar Harbor, Maine


The preservation and archival of current natural soundscapes is an ever growing science. Natural soundscapes around the world are changing due to a wide assortment of noise pollutants, predominantly man-made. The objective of this project was to record and archive the natural sounds of Acadia National Park as well as to create a comprehensive tagging system to categorize these recordings. This was done using a surround sound microphone, and by implementing a thorough index containing a multitude of relevant tags. The results of this project confirmed the value of a tagging system. It also acted to set a baseline for recording procedures and best practices for future projects. This group’s work created a foundation that sets the way for future expansion.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

July 2014

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts