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New Book Publication: Spaces Speak, Are You Listening?
November 6, 2006 - Encinitas CA - Beigel Technology Corporation announces colleague, Barry Blesser's new book published by MIT Press, Spaces Speak, Are You Listening. This book, co-authored by Linda-Ruth Salter, explores auditory spatial awareness and how we experience space by attentive listening. Every environment has an aural architecture. For instance, music in a concert hall is experienced in different ways depending on whether one sits in the front row or the balcony. Even the noises of an empty house allow us to navigate a room in the dark, as we essentially "hear" the emptiness of a house without furniture.
Audible attributes of physical space have always been a part of culture from prehistoric cave paintings, classical Greek open air-theaters, Gothic cathedrals to modern day music reproduction, and virtual spaces in home theatres. Auditory special awareness reveals a culture's attitudes toward hearing and space. Over time some listeners can learn to see objects with their ears. Without training, we can all hear spatial geometry without realizing we are doing so, as is the case with our perception of an open door or low ceiling.
About The Authors:
Barry Blesser, a former professor at MIT and a founder of digital audio has spent the last 40 years working on the junction of audio, acoustics, perception, and cognitive psychology. Linda-Ruth Salter, Ph.D is an independent scholar who has spent the last 25 years focusing on the interdisciplinary relationship of art, space, culture and technology.
For more information visit: www.SpacesSpeak.com
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