Journal of Ecoacoustics

(ISSN: 2516-1466) Open Access Journal
JEA 2018, 2(2), 9; doi: 10.22261/jea.eyaj46

Field observations of ecoacoustic dynamics of a Japanese bush warbler using an open-source software for robot audition HARK

1 Graduate School of Informatics, Nagoya University Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8601, Japan
2 School of Informatics and Sciences, Nagoya University Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8601, Japan
3 Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, 2-1, Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan
4 Department of Systems and Control Engineering, School of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology I1-20, 2-12-1 Ookayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-8552, Japan
5 Honda Research Institute Japan Co., Ltd. 8-1 Honcho, Wako-shi, Saitama 351-0188, Japan
6 Graduate School of Creative Science and Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University 3-4-1, Okubo, Shinjyukuku, Tokyo 169-8555, Japan
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 6 Oct 2017 / Accepted: 2018-04-30 / Published: 2018-06-27
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Abstract

We report on a simple and practical application of HARK, an easily available and portable system for bird song localization using an open-source software for robot audition HARK, to a deeper understanding of ecoacoustic dynamics of bird songs, focusing on a fine-scaled temporal analysis of song movement — song type dynamics in playback experiments. We extended HARKBird and constructed a system that enables us to conduct automatic playback and interactive experiments with different conditions, with a real-time recording and localization of sound sources. We investigate how playback of conspecific songs and playback patterns can affect vocalization of two types of songs and spatial movement of an individual of Japanese bush-warbler, showing quantitatively that there exist strong relationships between song type and spatial movement. We also simulated the ecoacoustic dynamics of the singing behavior of the focal individual using a software, termed Bird song explorer, which provides users a virtual experience of acoustic dynamics of bird songs using a 3D game platform Unity. Based on experimental results, we discuss how our approach can contribute to ecoacoustics in terms of two different roles of sounds: sounds as tools and subjects.
Keywords: sound source localization; microphone array; bird songs; HARK; virtual experience of soundscape; japanese bush warbler
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Suzuki, R.; Sumitani, S.; Naren, N.; Matsubayashi, S.; Arita, T.; Nakadai, K.; Okuno, H.G. Field observations of ecoacoustic dynamics of a Japanese bush warbler using an open-source software for robot audition HARK. JEA 2018, 2, 9.
Suzuki R, Sumitani S, Naren N, Matsubayashi S, Arita T, Nakadai K, Okuno HG. Field observations of ecoacoustic dynamics of a Japanese bush warbler using an open-source software for robot audition HARK. Journal of Ecoacoustics. 2018; 2(2):9.
Suzuki, Reiji; Sumitani, Shinji; Naren, Naren; Matsubayashi, Shiho; Arita, Takaya; Nakadai, Kazuhiro; Okuno, Hiroshi G. 2018. "Field observations of ecoacoustic dynamics of a Japanese bush warbler using an open-source software for robot audition HARK." JEA 2, no. 2: 9.
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