Auditory and Visual Sensations / Edition 1

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Overview

Professor Yoichi Ando, acoustic architectural designer of the Kirishima International Concert Hall in Japan, presents a comprehensive rational-scientific approach to designing performance spaces. His theory is based on systematic psychoacoustical observations of spatial hearing and listener preferences, whose neuronal correlates are observed in the neurophysiology of the human brain. A correlation-based model of neuronal signal processing in the central auditory system is proposed in which temporal sensations (pitch, timbre, loudness, duration) are represented by an internal auorrelation representation, and spatial sensations (sound location, size, diffuseness related to envelopment) are represented by an internal interaural crosscorrelation function. Together these two internal central auditory representations account for the basic auditory qualities that are relevant for listening to music and speech in indoor performance spaces. Observed psychological and neurophysiological commonalities between auditory and visual sensations and preference patterns are presented and discussed. This book thus spans the disciplines of physics, acoustics, psychology, neurophysiology, and music production, thereby blending science, engineering, and art.

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“The book has two parts with sixteen chapters. … The book is well structured and chapters are held short in length just to point out the most relevant information needed. … At the end of the book, a list of abbreviations is presented, which is very useful for the reader, but most advantageous, is that for all abbreviations, a chapter in the book is referred. … It provides equations and summaries of concepts for experts working in the field of concern.” (Reinhard O. Neubauer, International Journal of Acoustics and Vibration, Vol. 16 (3), 2011)
“This is well-written and illustrated, unusual, and important book. … In addition to a good index and definitions of terms, excellent references are given. … This book presents a good start and much important progress.” (David Lloyd (ben Yaacov Yehuda) Klepper, Noise Control Engineering Journal, Vol. 60 (2), March-April, 2012)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441901712
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 10/16/2009
  • Edition description: 2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Yoichi Andois an expert in the areas of concert hall acoustics architectural acoustics, brain activities, andenvironmental design. He has been awarded the AIA Institute Honor, American Institute of Architects in 1995: For 30 years of work developing and applying new theories of concert hall acoustics have helped the way music is heard. A scientist, author, and educator, his achievements are a benefit to both the world of architecture and the world of music. He has also been awarded the "Laurea Honoris Causa" (Dottore ad Honorem) by University of Ferrara, Italy on 12 June 2002, and serves as Editor-In-Chief, of the Journal of Temporal Design in Architecture and the Environment.

Peter Cariani works in the fields ofauditory neurophysiology; temporal coding of pitch, timbre, and consonance; neural networks for temporal processing; music perception and cognition.

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Table of Contents

Part I Temporal and Spatial Sensations in the human auditory system. Introduction. Analysis of Temporal Factors of a Source Signal and Spatial Factors of a Sound Field. Subjective Preference of the Sound Field. Electronic and Magnetic Responses in the Central Auditory System. Central Auditory Signal Processing Model and Temporal and Spatial Factors. Temporal Sensations of the Sound Signal. Spatial Sensations of the Binaural Signals. Applications (I) – Music and Concert Hall Acoustics. Applications (II) – Speech Identification (SI) in the Sound Field. Applications (III) – Method of Noise Measurement and Examples. Applications (IV) – Annoyance of Noise. Appendix: Sound coordinator as a specialist for each concert hall.- Part II Temporal and Spatial Sensations in the Human Visual System. Introduction to Visual Sensations. Temporal and Spatial Sensations. Subjective Preference in Relation to Temporal and Spatial Factors. EEG and MEG Responses Corresponding to Subjective Preference. Summary of Auditory and Visual Sensations.- References. Glossary of Symbols. Abbreviations.- Author Index.- Subject Index.

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