Re: Aural Training

Subject: Re: Aural Training
From: Kevin Austin (
Date: Fri Aug 19 2005 - 11:36:59 EDT

In my experience, ea is mostly the development of the multi-dimensional ear.

The training (exposure) needs to be broad and to a large extent based
upon 'analysis' -- an aspect of ea which is still in early stages of
development. The analysis will be multi-layered and will run from the
psychological to acoustic to compositional to sociological to
technical, with differing weight being brought to each example under

This is a much larger topic than can be covered in a couple of
emails, but IME, an important place to start is with a solid basic
grounding in the acoustical / psychoacoustic / physiological aspects
of sound and perception. Standard readings based around Auditory
Scene Analysis are able to give much of the psychoacoustics needed,
and the other topics are widely covered on sites around the web.

The ear-training itself, for me, requires complementary work in a
(creative) studio situation and in 'drill' sessions of various kinds.
Listening will be the basis of both, with the two forms of
'production' being sonic objects (or pieces), and a variety of types
of analysis, from text, to graphic, timelines, keywords ...

An on-going matter has been having access to a large library /
repertoire, and most people don't have 500 CDs in their office
(excluding the zoo), but a large and growing collection is available
from . Very mixed in type and
objectives. There are (today) 1560 pieces.




At 06:03 +0100 2005/08/19, mua07 wrote:
>I would like to include some form of aural training in the first
>year of our Music Technology course. So far we have covered this
>through reflection upon characteristics of the works in the
>listening excercises, and through various coimments during
>tutorials, but I wanted to try to do something more specific.
>I want students to acquire since early on an inquisitive and attentive
>attitude towards 'sound', something most of them seem to lack.
>At the moment there is a lot of exeprience, reserach and resources
>oriented towards aural training for musicians (pitch, intervals,
>harmony, rhythm).
>I was looking for an ear training a bit more organic, focused on the
>phenomenological properties of sound, with an approach from the
>viewpoint of an electroacoustician or studio producer.
>Any ideas anybody? Any experiences? Any suggestions? Any useful
>resources you can recommend?
>Thanks in anticipation
>Diego Garro
>Diego Garro
>Keele University
>School of Humanities - Music

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