AMBIENCE or AMBIANCE
The background sound of an environment in relation to which all foreground sounds are heard, such as the 'SILENCE' of an empty room, conversation in a restaurant, or the stillness of a forest. Ambience is actually comprised of many small sounds, near and far, which generally are heard as a composite, not individually. Also called ambient noise.
Compare: BACKGROUND NOISE, HISS, KEYNOTE SOUND, NOISE, STOCHASTIC PROCESS, RUSTLE NOISE, STATIONARY SOUND. See also: ACOUSTIC HORIZON, ACOUSTIC SPACE, AMBIENT NOISE LEVEL, MASKING, SOUND EFFECT, SOUND EVENT, SOUND POLLUTION.
Sound Example: Wilderness ambience, Princess Lake, Alberta.Sound Example: Harbour ambience, Vancouver, B.C.
Sound Example: Outdoor campus ambience, University of British Columbia.
Sound Example: Office ambience, University of British Columbia.