I'm writing a design document for a certain software project, and am wondering about what to title the section discussing the style of visuals, music, and sound effects. However, I'm lacking a word that would identify the elements related to hearing things.

For example, I would like to title the section along the lines of

"Visual and xxxx style"

Any suggestions?

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As superato has indicated, a word for purely sound materials is aural.

In your position, however, I would consider discussing your multimedia or audiovisual approach or strategy (reasoning below).

Depending on what you expect your users to do, a more specialised usage might be interactive media.

Ugly though it is, your audience might also connect well with your media strategy. I have had to accept this: my Ph.D research centred on visual texts, and associated colloquial terminology. You or your boss can best decide whether your expected audience will respond most instinctively to this term.

(These days the term ‘media’ is commonly used to distinguish sound and moving pictures from pure text. It can also refer to static pictorial narrative material—comics, for example.)

You appear to be talking about integrating visual material (moving or static) with sound, in an online presentation. If I understand you correctly, neither the visual nor the aural element would work in your project without the other. If that is so, it seems that you need a term to suggest that integration.

In that case, audiovisual or multimedia are established terms, depending on whether you wish to emphasise the communicative or the technical side of your project.


The word you are looking for is 'aural': source


This is very late, but sonic might be the word you're looking for

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    You should include a definition of your chosen word to show how it's suitable as an answer to this question. Commented Mar 17, 2021 at 13:00

I think you could use acoustic:

  • Of or relating to sound, the sense of hearing, or the science of sound.



Or maybe auditory

of or relating to the sense of hearing.


The usual way of describing a composed soundtrack comprised of music, natural sound and other effects is sound design.

So, visual style and sound design.

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