Re: applications (Al Bregman )

Subject: Re: applications
From:    Al Bregman  <bregman(at)HEBB.PSYCH.MCGILL.CA>
Date:    Mon, 28 Sep 1998 20:04:08 -0400

Dear Tim, I think that one cause of the situation you describe is the need to segregate your own voice from the recorded sounds. Did I hear someone say that nature doesn't provide you with sounds that are inside your head? Well your own voice sounds like it is coming from within your head -- at least mine does. Mono recordings place the sound within the head, too. So the segregation of the feedback from your own voice from the recorded sounds becomes harder. You can probably compensate for this by talking louder and drowning out the interfering sounds. Stereo playback, especially playback that uses head-related transfer functions, can place the recorded sounds outside your head, and the perceived spatial separation from your own voice should allow them to be kept apart perceptually. - Al ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Albert S. Bregman, Professor, Dept of Psychology, McGill University 1205 Docteur Penfield Avenue, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 1B1. Phone: +1 514-398-6103 Fax: -4896 Email: bregman(at) Lab Web Page: ---------------------------------------------------------------------- On Mon, 28 Sep 1998, Tim Cox wrote: ... > I have been thinking about the discussion with regard to killer > applications for sonification/binaural recordings. I have noticed that when > listening to binaural recordings through earphones I can still hold a > normal conversation and still hear clearly the sounds in the environment > around me. ... 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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