Re: PETER HUEBNER: Prolific ea composer (?)

Subject: Re: PETER HUEBNER: Prolific ea composer (?)
From: Kevin Austin (
Date: Tue Apr 19 2005 - 13:12:14 EDT

>At 10:45 PM -0400 4/17/05, Dominique Bassal wrote:
>>Le 05-04-17, à 21:40, Kevin Austin a écrit :
>>>At 11:12 AM -0400 4/16/05, Dominique Bassal wrote:
>>>The mp3 examples sound extremely well: balance, frequency
>>>distribution, stereo field are about as perfect as I ever
>>KA: I guess I will start to look for new monitors next week.
>DB: I am curious: how would you describe the way they sound in your
>actual monitors?

This may confirm something that I have considered for many years, my
hearing (auditory processing) is quite different from many other
peoples. For me, the material was largely mush. I have the some
difficulty with ambisonics (which my hearing cannot resolve into
images or locations) and kunstkopf recordings for me have always been
"tilted to about 45 degrees above the azimuth. (To listen to a
kunstkopf recording and to have the scene "in front of me", I need to
tilt my head down and look at the floor.

It appears that my mind does not process complex phase illusions the
way many people do, as the "widening" algorithms I have heard tend to
defocus and "bloat" rather than creating size and width.

From my understanding of the processing, much is done to the phase
information in the signals and for many people this 'resolves' as
"interesting sound" (somewhat as MSG is a psychoactive taste
enhancer, while possessing 'no taste' of its own). I don't hear the
illusion and MSG makes my facial muscles ache.

Some of the individual sounds had clear location and individual
ambience, but the background (?) was fuzzy and out-of-focus. I often
had the sense of peering down an oblong tube, along with the
associated acoustical resonances. Most of the sonic image lacked
detail, as if there were a sonic florescence coming along with the
sound(s) that made it fuzzy. I often felt that I needed to blink my
ears to get the sounds to (re)focus, which most of them wouldn't.

I also listened with 2 sets of headphones, and the effect was
similar, if a little worse mostly.

>Even more scary/interesting: their "research" at least partially
>works, because even in the cheesiest, more stupid and repetitive
>"harmonies", one continues to be captivated by a truly
>captivating-but-empty, purely audio bliss. Worked with all examples
>I tried.

I will start to look for new ears next week.



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