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English definition

Sunday 2 January 2005, by Rob Weale

The background sound of an environment in relation to which all foreground sounds are heard, such as the ’silence’ of an empty room, conversation in a restaurant, or the stillness of a forest. Ambience is actually comprised of many small sounds, near and far, which generally are heard as a composite, not individually. Also called ambient noise. (Source: Barry Truax - Handbook for Acoustic Ecology CD-ROM Edition. Cambridge Street Publishing, 1999 - CSR-CDR 9901)

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