The term derives from the Greek “akouw,” for “hearing” (as opposed to deaf) and a range of associated meanings: to hear, to listen or […]

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Acousmatic voice/ Acousmêtre

A term popularized by the work of Michel Chion. In his 1982 book The Voice in Cinema, Chion details the presence of an acousmatic […]

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A recorded signal is a stream of numbers called samples.  Each such sample denotes an instantaneous amplitude, theoretically corresponding to the air pressure (or sometimes velocity […]

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a neurological disorder that affects the ability to process music. Amusia can affect the perception of music (e.g., recognize a familiar melody) or the […]

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Consonants are classified as fricatives (generated by moving air turbulently through some part of the vocal apparatus), unvoiced plosives (bursts of air resulting from opening a […]

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Structurally, multimedia texts involve eavesdropping, as their viewer is also an active and engaged listener, hearing speech and sometimes thoughts represented as private inasmuch […]

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Embodied Voices

Vocal sound whose production by and relationship to one or more human bodies is made evident to a listener through acts of vocalization or […]

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Harmonic Singing

“Harmonic singing” refers to various style of singing or chanting in which individual harmonic components (overtones) are perceived by listeners, such as in certain […]

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A periodic audio signal can be represented as a sum of harmonically tuned sinusoids called harmonics.  Their frequencies are multiples of the signal’s fundamental frequency, and […]

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Intervocality is a term that ethnomusicologist Steve Feld has used to signify “the inherently dialogic and embodied qualities of speaking and hearing. Intervocality underscores […]

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