Imagining sound

Mark Grimshaw, Tom Garner

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We make the case in this essay that sound that is imagined is both a perception and as much a sound as that perceived through external stimulation. To argue this, we look at the evidence from auditory science, neuroscience, and philosophy, briefly present some new conceptual thinking on sound that accounts for this view, and then use this to look at what the future might hold in the context of imagining sound and developing technology.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAM '14: Proceedings of the 9th Audio Mostly: A Conference on Interaction With Sound
EditorsMark Grimshaw, Mads Walther-Hansen
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-3032-9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2014
Event9th Audio Mostly: A Conference on Interaction with Sound - Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 1 Oct 20143 Oct 2014


Conference9th Audio Mostly
Abbreviated titleAM 2014


  • Audiation
  • Auditory imagery
  • Aural imagery
  • Auralization
  • Sonic imagination


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