> You said:
Association is where psychoacoustics comes into play. Imagine a person who
never heard of a bird in their entire lives. What do you think would be
their first reaction? Most likely they would be alarmed, confused, and maybe
even scared. Then again, all this depends upon their prior conditioning...
> will never have the disruptive effect that an alarm clock or a
This all goes back to the original argument: all sounds are simply
combinations of sine tones with their respective envelopes and amplitudes.
If we take this into an account any sound is just that, a sound. Anything
else we associate with such a collage of individual frequencies is our own
personal choice, whether that be conscious or subconscious.
Two people may have the same reaction and they may not. This again stems for
the most part on their conditioning. This is why Debussy's music changed so
dramatically after he was exposed to gamelan music. This is why war and
destruction brought about Dada, Futurists, etc. And the list goes on...
"Particular patterns" were not chosen. They are a part of the fundamental
physical properties of our environment. If you look at the harmonic overtone
series the first 4 notes of harmonic overtones spell out a perfect major
triad. Our cochleas are constructed so that concentric circles couple nerves
which are corresponding to octave displacements. It took us however over 17
centuries before we reached what we refer to as equal temperament and as a
matter of fact it is a compromise between nature and our interest in 12
arbitrarily assigned and tradition-imposed octave divisions.
> > and will always continue to be referred as such. This is why our modern
A majority of our society consists of conformists. Minority is what pushes
the limits. I certainly don't expect Britney Spears et al to be the ones who
are going to invent the next best thing in the area of aural arts. It is
those who are not seeking riches, are not in position to do so, and/or have
little to lose from risking their creative careers, that commonly push the
limits arbitrarily established by the tradition. Now, whether their artistic
output is adopted by the society within their lifetime (or ever) is another