Hearing Recorded Sounds

Casey O'Callaghan

in Sounds

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780199215928
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191706875 | DOI:
 Hearing Recorded Sounds

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Hearing a sound recorded earlier or transmitted electronically seems to provide a form of perceptual access not just to the sound sources present in one's environment, but also to the original events whose sounds are recorded or transmitted. This chapter argues that hearing a recorded sound may furnish a variety of perceptual access to its originating source. Such awareness, however, is illusory and impoverished in a number of critical ways. In particular, experiences of transmitted and recorded sounds involve perspectival illusions. This account explains the aesthetic difference between hearing a recording and hearing a live performance.

Keywords: recording; transmission; perspective; perspectival illusion; sound source

Chapter.  7208 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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