Mark Grimshaw, Tom Garner

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The purpose of this positioning paper is to propose a new definitional framework of sound, sonosemantics. The need for this is apparent for a number of reasons. Physiological conditions such as some forms of subjective tinnitus require no sound waves for sound to be heard yet all current mainstream definitions of sound state that sound is a sound wave or that sound requires sound waves for its perception. New research suggests a closer and directly causal identification of sound with emotion than hitherto uncovered. New technology suggests new ways to exploit the possibility of hearing sound in the absence of sound waves.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAM '13 Proceedings of the 8th Audio Mostly
Subtitle of host publicationA Conference on Interaction with Sound
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
ISBN (Print)9781450326599
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sept 2013
Event8th Audio Mostly: A Conference on Interaction with Sound - Pitea, Sweden
Duration: 18 Sept 201320 Sept 2013

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference8th Audio Mostly
Abbreviated titleAM 2013


  • Emotion
  • Meaning
  • Sonosemantics
  • Sound


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