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Never before has the everyday soundtrack of urban space been so cacophonous. Since the 1970s, sound researchers have attempted to classify noise, music, and everyday sounds using concepts such as Pierre Shafer's sound object and R. Murray Schafer's soundscape. Recently, the most significant team of soundscape researchers in the world has been concerned with the effects of sounds on listeners.

In a multidisciplinary work spanning musicology, electro-acoustic composition, architecture, urban studies, communication, phenomenology, social theory, physics, and psychology, Jean-François Augoyard, Henry Torgue, and their associates at the Centre for Research on Sonic Space and the Urban Environment (CRESSON) in Grenoble, France, provide an alphabetical sourcebook of eighty sonic/auditory effects. Their accounts of sonic effects such as echo, anticipation, vibrato, and wha-wha integrate information about the objective physical spaces in which sounds occur with cultural contexts and individual auditory experience. Sonic Experience attempts to rehabilitate general acoustic awareness, combining accessible definitions and literary examples with more in-depth technical information for specialists.

The ability to concentrate our attention on the speech of a specific speaker by disregarding parasite information coming from the surroundings?From the physical perspective, one of the predominant elements is the spatial separation of noise and speech. On the psychophysiological level, selective listening is governed by our capacity to discriminate sounds from different sources - by our capacity to localize in the noise.

About the Author

Jean-François Augoyard, a philosopher, urban planner, and musicologist, is the founder of CRESSON at the School of Architecture in Grenoble. Henry Torgue, a sociologist and urban planner, is a researcher at CRESSON and an author, pianist, and composer.

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Jean-François Augoyard and Henry Torgue
McGill-Queen's University Press
McCartney, Andra
Augoyard, Jean-Francois
Torgue, Henri
Augoyard, Jean-Francois
Genres & Styles - Reggae
Psychological aspects
Sound -- Psychological aspects.
Recording & Reproduction
Music-Reggae and Ska
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Paper Text
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July 2005
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9 x 7 in 460 gr

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