Re: applications (at)

Subject: Re: applications
Date:    Mon, 28 Sep 1998 17:41:26 +0200

Tim Cox wrote: > No one has mentioned this effect - surely there is an > application here for situations where we desire to hear > from earphones but at the same time be aware of our audio > surroundings, and still be able to converse at a natural > level if the need arises. Absolutely, but first I wonder why it would be easier to hear out one externalized sound (the "conversation") from another (your "binaural recording") than it is hear out one externalized sound (the "conversation") from an internalized one (the "conventional stereo recording") ? Has this been studied (and confirmed) in the literature? Do internalized sounds cause more "neural interference" because they create activity in auditory brain areas that externalized sounds would not reach (e.g., because spatial ambiguities have already been resolved at an earlier neural filtering stage, such that less of our wetware needs to be wasted on futile analysis attempts)? Best wishes, Peter Meijer Soundscapes from The vOICe - Seeing with your Ears! Email to AUDITORY should now be sent to AUDITORY(at) LISTSERV commands should be sent to listserv(at) Information is available on the WEB at

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