Senses 1: Hearing

6 Mar

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Senses 1; Hearing

After some time away, I’ve returned with a new series of six pictures focussing on the senses, starting with Hearing. I’m not sure whether I will subdivide the senses and increase the series by dividing taste, for example, into sweet, sour, bitter, umami, etc. Time will tell.

For my first picture – Hearing – I’ve tried to give the impression of time passing without leaving a trace by linking the sea, sound and music in my image Aquatic animals use sound between members of their species, for communication and survival and the sea itself continually makes its music. To broaden the sense in this I’ve combined the sound of the sea with musical notation from a Celtic tune; The Blossom and the Rain (Brian Peters).

It is interesting how visible imagery is linked to sound ;we describe tones as light, dark, and use a term “colouring” to describe the special timbre of an instrument by an expert player.

Whilst vision itself is a primary sense, auditory perception of music, and especially speech, involves information from more than one sensory modality. The McGurk effect was discovered when a video sound recording of someone speaking was dubbed with a different sound, they discovered that an observer often hears a third sound, showing how much the two senses rely upon each other.

“If a tree falls in the forest and no-one is there, does it make a sound?” a philosophical thought experiment that compares and contrasts observation and reality. “.. objects of sense exist only when perceived…” Since sound is only waves of vibration passing through the air, an ear must be present for the sensation of sound to be perceived. So, the answer must be “No”. It’s appropriate therefore to include an ear in my picture – the pinna of a close and much loved relative.

3 Responses to “Senses 1: Hearing”

  1. leecleland March 6, 2014 at 6:54 pm #

    Deep, I want to disagree with ‘if a tree falls in the forest’, but have no argument to back myself with other than it seems illogical 🙂
    It has to be perceived, arggg! it’s doing my head in!!!!!!!!
    Image is great, love the combinations, including an X-ray if I’m not wrong.

    • Xraypics March 7, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

      I know what you mean, it is back to Schrodinger’s cat in the box that is both alive and dead until you look at it; that does my head in too. Thanks for your comments on the picture. Tony

  2. elmediat March 13, 2014 at 1:47 am #

    Fascinating post. The forest question , like all philosophical inquiries , depends on how one defines the words used. Are we considering the sound’s intention or potential ? Turn the question into a series of absurdest one liners and meaning shifts.
    If a cell phone rings in the middle of the forest and no one hears is it ringing.
    If Beethoven plays a violin in the middle of the forest alone is there music or sound or just vibrations ?
    If Helen Keller falls alone in the forest is she invisible & soundless ?
    Remember, ‘in space no one can hear you scream’. 😀

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