By Barry Truax
This publication attracts upon many conventional disciplines that care for particular elements of sound, and provides fabric inside of an inter-disciplinary framework. It establishes a version for realizing all acoustic and aural reports either of their conventional kinds and as they've been notably altered during this century through know-how.
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Voice and Self Image The cry of the baby is an unmistakable acoustic signal to the mother about its current needs; the loudness and high frequency characteristics of the cry ensure that the message gets through. Abnormalities in the cry have been shown to reveal internal problems that may not have been diagnosed by other means (Ostwald & Peltzman, 1974).
The lack of acoustic information and interesting sonic relationships would hardly produce a balanced soundscape. How then are we to evaluate the endless variations of reported listener preferences and dislikes? Do they constitute a reliable basis for the design of an environment? Listener preferences are certainly of interest, particularly when compared cross-culturally, as in R. M. Schafer's The Tuning of the World where they are documented for several countries (Schäfer, 1977). Most sound preferences seem to depend on learned associations.
Keynote sounds paradoxically seem to be unimportant in perceptual terms, but precisely because of their prevalence, they reflect a fundamental characteristic of the environment. Just as the natural elements form the keynote sounds of traditional societies, the ubiquitous presence of traffic, electrical hums, and air conditioning reveals the dependence which modern society has on its technological base. We can hear this dependence in the sound of environments practically anywhere in the industrialized world.
Acoustic Communication (Communication, Culture, and Information Studies) by Barry Truax