What are sounds? Should we interpret them as messengers carrying information that is crucial for recognizing the objects that surround us, or as evanescent entities that have
no relation whatsoever to these objects? We are bombarded by sounds of which we are not aware, so why do we immediately perceive their absence when there is total silence?
How do we perceive sounds? Where are they? What is their temporal dimension? These are just a few of the questions to which the book provides an answer; it is an unprecedented introduction to a subject that will be of interest to specialists of the sector and the curious alike. Discovering what lies behind auditory perception reveals the fascination of a surprising sensorial modality that is the key to the mysterious world of sound and music.
Vita-Salute San Raffaele (Milan) and at the Institut Jean Nicod (Paris).
Vincenzo Santarcangelo teaches at the Politecnico of Turin and is a member of the Labont (Laboratory for Ontology) – University of Turin. He writes about music for leading Italian daily, Corriere della Sera, its Sunday cultural supplement La Lettura, the GDM (Giornale della Musica) and Artribune.