Re: Le matériau Sonore, hidden place


Subject: Re: Le matériau Sonore, hidden place
From: Adrian Moore (a.j.moore@sheffield.ac.uk)
Date: Tue Sep 13 2005 - 08:10:38 EDT


>
>Ear-seducing means something rather different, perhaps.
>

Sure...and I wonder what makes some sounds more ear-seducing than others?

There's plenty of psychological evidence to support the physicality
of sounds affecting the emotional state and/or the attribution of
'human/personal' character traits. I haven't seen much about the
quasi-inharmonicity of 'reson' (TM - or is it?) and why it _tends to_
produce an ear pleasing effect' (especially at lower Q) for example.

>It would be an interesting exercise to work exclusively with cliched
>standard sounds and see to what extent it's possible to create
>something worthwhile. But I think the problem comes from cliches
>being used as a substitute for creativity rather than a starting
>point for it.
>
>>The fact that it often isn't is purely the fault of the listener
>>who is (perhaps - and amongst other things) fx-spotting instead of
>>listening to a different stream of data.
>
>This assumes there's a different stream of data to listen to. :-)

If there wasn't, fx-spottting would become a futile activity and the
listener would already be in the bar?
Then again, in a recent all-night 'time-stretch fest', 9 out of 10
listeners guessed the correct fft size and overlap :)

Leigh Landy's and Rob Weale's 'intention reception' paper
http://ems05.concordia.ca/abstracts-fr.shtml#t_12 looks like it might
shed light on/around this area.

also...

Eric Clarke's new book 'ways of listening' supports an ecological
approach to music perception.
http://www.us.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Music/PsychologyofMusic/?view=usa&ci=0195151941

Best
Adrian Moore.

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