4DSOUND’s Paul Oomen highlights tracks from Aphex Twin, Steve Reich and Ryoji Ikeda that question just how we actually perceive sound.
 
The article focusses on the crucial role of the binaural hearing in psycho-acoustic phenomena. Not only our ability to perceive sound spatially is rooted in the binaural nature of our hearing, but also many other phenomena such as hearing phantom beats, composite voices and monaural cancellations.
 
Ultimately, all sound that we perceive is psychoacoustic. As soon as sound passes through the ears, it stops being a physical phenomena and becomes a matter of perception. What we hear is almost by rule different from what is actually sounding, due to the peculiarities and limitations of our hearing. And what we hear can largely differ from what we think we are listening to, due to the many tricks that perception plays on our awareness.
 
Read the full article HERE on RBMA magazine.