Echoes of Other Worlds: Sound in Virtual Reality

Past, Present and Future

  • Tom A.¬†Garner

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Sound book series (PASTS)

Table of contents

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About this book


This book explores the nature and importance of sound in virtual reality (VR). Approaching the subject from a holistic perspective, the book delivers an emergent framework of VR sound. This framework brings together numerous elements that collectively determine the nature of sound in VR; from various aspects of VR technology, to the physiological and psychological complexities of the user, to the wider technological, historical and sociocultural issues. 

Garner asks, amongst other things: what is the meaning of sound? How have fictional visions of VR shaped our expectations for present technology? How can VR sound hope to evoke the desired responses for such an infinitely heterogeneous user base? This book if for those with an interest in sound and VR, who wish to learn more about the great complexities of the subject and discover the contemporary issues from which future VR will surely advance.


Sound Studies Video Game theory Virtual Environments Virtual Reality Social Psychology sound in video games video game history video game sound cybersickness

Authors and affiliations

  • Tom A.¬†Garner
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  1. 1.University of PortsmouthPortsmouthUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-65707-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-65708-0
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