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Re: AUDITORY Digest - 9 May 2002 to 10 May 2002 (#2002-72)

Andrew -

Just a couple of comment on your brightness question.
One speculation of high a low frequency.  The suggestio of researching
multimodal peceptions  would seem to be the way to go.
High and low as decriptors of pitch make sense when associated with mass and
Larger more massive objects tend to produce lower frequency sound. In
physical space, larger, more massive object tend to be situated "below" most
lighter, smaller objects which tend to produce higher frequency sounds.
Hence, low frequency sounds sound "lower" also.

An older book, written in a bit of a romantic style, but very interesting
non-the-less, is Sound and Symbol by F. Zuckerlandl.  Z. describes the
analogy between physical space and auditory space.

David Spondike