Sounds and Events1
This chapter argues that sounds are best conceived not as pressure waves that travel through a medium, nor as physical properties of the objects ordinarily thought to be the sources of sounds, but rather as events of a certain kind. Sounds are particular events in which a surrounding medium is disturbed or set into wavelike motion by the activities of a body or interacting bodies. This Event View of sounds provides a unified perceptual account of several pervasive sound phenomena, including transmission through barriers, constructive and destructive interference, and echoes.
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