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Book recommendation about psychoacoustics

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Anyone came across or read a book on psychoacoustics that would be understood by a non-academic or non-pro audience?

 

I'm particularly interested in it in relation to audio.  Biases and illusions created by expectations etc. would have to be covered as well.

 

There's not much to find on the Internet that's incisive.

post #2 of 7

i have this book. i rather enjoy it. i found it on accident at B&N when i went to go find books on the brain. they happened to have a display for books on the brain and this happened to be one of them. not sure if it is exactly what you are looking for

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Thanks a lot for the recommendation!!

post #4 of 7

Levitin's book is a great way to get into it! Great book for the daily commute, pick up and read anytime.

Although, you can skip the first few chapters on music theory if you're already familiar with it... otherwise IMHO there are better sources for that too.

 

Here's another one I just started reading:

 

"The Music Instinct: How Music Works and Why We Can't Do Without It"

http://www.amazon.com/Music-Instinct-Works-Cant-Without/dp/0199754276/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1287016858&sr=8-1

 

I'm only a few chapters in but it's very promising, and even the music theory chapters have some very interesting details I wasn't aware of.

 

Also, check out the research coming out of the BRAMS lab (http://brams.org/). I just toured their facilities the other week. Jaw-dropping. There are some amazing individuals doing very interesting research there.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

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I also thank you for the recommendations, looks very interesting.

 

aimlink, have you found what you were looking for, or in other words did you start reading yet and what? smily_headphones1.gif

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I also thank you for the recommendations, looks very interesting.

 

aimlink, have you found what you were looking for, or in other words did you start reading yet and what? smily_headphones1.gif


No, I haven't really.  I've been looking for information that addresses some of the things I experience and which I think would make comparative testing an issue in some situations.  The books available tend to give formal information on how we respond to music and why?  I'm not interested in that sort of thing.  I'm also not interested in the real nuts and bolts physiology either.  I'm just interested in information on how and why your ears will trick you.  How and why your hearing is influenced.  It doesn't have to be about music, but hearing in general.

 

What has spurred my interest has been all the debate on comparative tests blinded vs sited etc.


Edited by aimlink - 11/3/10 at 4:21pm
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I'm just interested in information on how and why your ears will trick you.  How and why your hearing is influenced.  It doesn't have to be about music, but hearing in general.


There are some good examples and explanations in my hour-long AES Audio Myths Workshop video.

 

--Ethan

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