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English definition

In Schaefferian theory, this word is used to suggest "certain irregularities" which are noticeable in the transition from physical vibration to perceived sound "suggesting a psychological distortion of physical ’reality’, and which demonstrates that perception cannot be reduced to physical measurement". This can take place timbrally or temporally. For example, a reversed piano sound will appear longer than the original because the reversed version is more unusual and alerts the ear in a more active way. (Paraphrase of Michel Chion (1983). Guide des Objets Sonores. Eds. Buchet/Chastel, Paris. 1995 translation by John Dack/Christine North.)

Wednesday 16 February 2005, by Rob Weale