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Sonic Virtuality: Sound as Emergent Perception

Mark Grimshaw and Tom Garner


This book introduces the concept of sonic virtuality, a theory of sound that positions it as an emergent perception within a framework of virtuality. In its opposition to the acoustic or standard definition of sound, that sound is a sound wave, the thesis builds its case for a sonic aggregate as the virtual cloud of potentials from which the sound as perception emerges. This is argued for from a broad interdisciplinary perspective that assesses evidence and thinking from philosophy; acoustics and psychoacoustics; auditory science and neurology; sensation, perception, and cognition; cross-modal ... More

Keywords: sonic virtuality, sonic aggregate, acoustics, virtuality, imagination, sound, audio, perception, emergence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199392834
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199392834.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Grimshaw, author
Professor of Music, University of Aalborg, Aalborg

Tom Garner, author
Post-doctoral researcher, University of Kent, Doncaster