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Re: recordings of screaming children?
I'm not a cognitive scientist, but I have been wondering about a possibly related topic for a while.
Could it be that listening to certain "painful" sounds can divert attention for other "pain" that a person might be experiencing to the not *actually* painful experience of sound?
For example, when I listen to some of the electroacoustic works of Xenakis, I often have the impression that the music served him to cover up his war-traumata with sounds that cover up the emotional space in which pain exists.
(Please not that I am not criticising in any way the compositional quality of these incredibly intricate and ingenious pieces - I am only talking about my subjective access to the "expressions" the music employs.
The way this music is experienced has also changed a lot of course since we are exposed to electronic sounds now on a daily basis.)
(Criminal data compression... be warned)
It is said that Xenakis always played his tape music at *very high volumes*, sometimes painful to the audience - and it does not fail to have a strangely "cathartic" effect on me, a little like covering up a tinnitus with a correspondingly designed synthetic sound in Tinnitus Retraining Therapy.
From: AUDITORY - Research in Auditory Perception [AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Kevin Austin [kevin.austin@xxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 7:30 AM
Subject: Fwd: recordings of screaming children?
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>> From: "felixbadanimal" <felixbadanimal@xxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2010 11:03:03 -0000
>> Subject: [phonography] recordings of screaming children?
>> Hello all,
>> sorry for the extremely random nature of this post... my Dad is a GP and just sent me this email:
>> I have a charming patient with chronic pain in his neck arms and shoulders with no releif from neurosurgery who has found that he gets extra-ordinary releif from the sound of screaming children. In the absence of progress with the pain clinics and the neurosurgeon he is keen to explore the "sound therapy" avenue further.
>> I know it is a bit strange and random but as an arthritis patient myself, I can understand the craziness of being in constant pain and the need for relief... and perhaps even the outlet that the sound of full-on screaming might provide? I am intrigued that sound may play a part in easing this man's pain, but I have no idea where I may find screaming recordings, and it's not the easiest thing to either explain or set up since it poses a few ethical problems, and maybe not everyone would be sympathetic to the idea.
>> I thought I would consult you open-minded folks to see if you had any views or ideas about where I could find such recordings, or how I could set something like this up, and whether or not any of you have been approached with similar requests...
>> Any leads on finding recordings of screaming children greatly appreciated...
>> Cheers, F
I would be interested in hearing from the AUDITORY community as to why this form of therapy [would] work[s].