By Barry Truax
This publication attracts upon many conventional disciplines that take care of particular elements of sound, and offers fabric inside an inter-disciplinary framework. It establishes a version for knowing all acoustic and aural stories either of their conventional kinds and as they've been extensively altered during this century by means of expertise.
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In certain types of music, the keynote or "tonic" is constantly sounded as a drone in order to make the relationship of the other pitches more apparent, and to reinforce the image of a tonal center in the listener. The reason for any sound being termed "keynote" is not because of any characteristic it has itself, but rather because of the way in which it is habitually perceived. , a sound that stands out in an environment and is clearly distinguishable from the ambient noise. Examples of the latter type of keynote would be the sound of an ambulance siren near a busy hospital, the sound of train whistles to nearby residents, or the regular ringing of bells at fixed time intervals, as often occurs in European communities.
It was remarked in chapter 1 that physical acoustics has developed farther and farther away from its basis in aural experience by creating intellectual concepts, theories, equations, and visual representations of its subject matter with which to think and talk about it. The same is true to a slightly lesser extent in linguistics. Most books or articles on the subject refer in print to spoken artifacts which the reader is assumed to be able to reproduce in "the mind's ear," and recently, the emphasis on automated speech synthesis has required linguistic theory to be put to the aural test (Cole, 1980; Laske, 1974a).
This protection, however, is only temporary and cannot prevent the irreparable damage that occurs if the noise level is too high and experienced for too long a time. A large threshold shift, which is brought about by a saturation of the hair cells mentioned in the previous chapter, must be followed by a period of aural "rest," in order for the hair cells to be rejuvenated. Otherwise, deprived of nutrients, they die and cannot be replaced. We will return to the specific problems created by noise in chapter 6.
Acoustic Communication (Communication, Culture, and Information Studies) by Barry Truax