Scientific and technological advance has opened conceptually new opportunities for sound recording, such as computer technology.
The new technology has served as a basis for audio industry proliferation. Nowadays significant progress has been made in the equipment for recording, transmitting and reproducing sound. But still the ultimate judge for this exciting activity is our ear.
That is why the main focus of attention has shifted to Psychoacoustics – a new and extremely interesting branch of science that studies psychological and physiological aspects of human sound perception. THE MAIN OBJECTIVES OF PSYCHOACOUSTICS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
- to understand how human acoustic system processes and "deciphers" sound images;
- to establish the connection between physical stimuli and acoustic sensations;
- to establish the parameters of auditory signals that are crucial for rendering sense and emotions
This knowledge is of extreme importance for further development of audio equipment and music as an art, the art of performance, improving musical instruments, developing computer music etc. It is also crucial for sound producers as the understanding of the mechanisms of individual "audial space" provides the basis for their creative work.