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In Sonic Virtuality: Sound as Emergent Perception, authors Mark Grimshaw and Tom Garner introduce a novel theory that positions sound within a framework of virtuality. Arguing against the acoustic or standard definition of sound as a sound wave, the book builds a case for a sonic aggregate as the virtual cloud of potentials created by perceived sound. The authors build on their recent work investigating the nature and perception of sound as used in computer games and virtual environments, and put forward a unique argument that sound is a fundamentally virtual phenomenon. Grimshaw and Garner propose a new, fuller and more complete, definition of sound based on a perceptual view of sound that accounts more fully for cognition, emotion, and the wider environment. The missing facet is the virtuality: the idea that all sound arises from a sonic aggregate made up of actual and virtual sonic phenomena. The latter is a potential that depends upon human cognition and emotion for its realization as sound. This thesis is explored through a number of philosophical, cognitive, and psychological concepts including: issues of space, self, sonosemantics, the uncanny, hyper-realism, affect, Gettier problems, belief, alief, imagination, and sound perception in the absence of sound sensation. Provocative and original, Grimshaw and Garner's ideas have broader implications for our relationship to technology, our increasingly digital lives, and the nature of our being within our supposed realities. Students and academics from philosophy to acoustics and across the broad spectrum of digital humanities will find this accessible book full of challenging concepts and provocative ideas.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 460 g
Dimensions: 238 x 163 x 22 mm
"Combining ideas and theories from philosophy and sound studies with evidence from cognitive science and neurobiology, Sonic Virtuality offers a new examination of sound that will challenge everything you thought you knew about our perception of sound." --Dr. Karen Collins, Canada Research Chair in Interactive Audio, University Waterloo
"Taking the Deleuzian concept of the virtual as a starting point, the authors succeed in fundamentally rethinking sound. I am convinced that this book will be valuable to both sonic theorists and practitioners alike." --Vincent Meelberg, Department of Cultural Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen, and founding editor of the Journal of Sonic Studies
"The volume of research and publications discussing the nature, meaning and experience of the sonic is dramatically increasing. Sonic Virtuality argues cogently and imaginatively for new ways to understand the relationship between sounds as they appear in the world and sounds as they appear in our 'heads'. In doing so they present a revolutionary text forcing the reader to rethink their understanding of the very nature of sound. The authors do so by a brilliant mix of example, demonstration and argument. This is a must read for any scholar interested in the nature of sound and experience." --Michael Bull, Professor of Sound Studies, University of Sussex
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