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Shaping Sound in the Studio and Beyond: Audio Aesthetics and Technology by Gary Gottlieb

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The Human Perception of Sound

We have established that sound waves may be viewed as a technical phenomenon, waves of molecules displacing other molecules as a sound wave propagates in all directions. We also know that in order to manipulate these waves to our greatest benefit, we need to view them as a matter of perception and gain an understanding of how our listener will perceive our handiwork. Since we favor defining sound as a form of perception, we need to quantify the nuance of sound. There are five basic human perceptions of sound that allow us to distinguish one sound from another:

  • Loudness

  • Pitch

  • Timbre

  • Location

  • Duration

These are the only five means available to us while interpreting differences in sound. Obviously, few sounds will have ...

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