Sound Energy – Stephanie Hunter

I had no idea that sound was so complex and so fluid. Tones completely indiscernible to us can get inside our heads and affect us in ways beyond our control. Research conducted in the field of auditory neuroscience shows that certain tones can actually increase adrenaline, induce sleep or promote concentrated brain function. I have no doubt there are a million other subconscious sound associates that we have gleaned due to evolutionary necessity; associations that are controlling are responses to the world around us with us completely unaware. The connection between sound perception and visual recognition is incredible. Add in emotional energy, and sound storytelling capability can meet, maybe even exceed, any other story mode or method. The idea is daunting especially since “our brain is so adept at hearing the differences between sounds, we can sense changes of sound that occur in “less than a millionth of second” (radiolab, Ears don’t lie). It makes me wish I could spend an entire semester fine tuning this project to communicate my story’s exact intent.

Another reflection I had about sound is the irony that revolves around its creation. With are brains able to detect minute differences in sounds allowing us to discern a situation it’s interesting that the manufacture of some sounds can be so manipulative and deceptive. It’s also crazy that our brain can process sounds it hasn’t personally encountered based on other correlations. For example, I’ve never heard what an out-of-control forest fire sounds like but visual and audio recreations allow my brain to process and recognize the sound. Lastly, it’s interesting that each of us of have an affinity for different sounds or tones, which pretty much illustrates the importance of keeping an intended audience in mind for every kind of story.

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3 thoughts on “Sound Energy – Stephanie Hunter

  1. meaganmthornton February 12, 2015 / 9:31 pm

    Sound and our ability to process it in so many different ways certainly is an incredible thing. The sensitivity we all have to it is something I think a lot of people don’t fully understand, but the science behind it is fascinating! – Noah Bailey

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  2. meaganmthornton February 14, 2015 / 9:12 pm

    Stephanie, I love that you address that sound is such a micro function that we are almost insensitive to it, yet at the same time we are overly sensitive to it. Regarding this project it is interesting to reflect on how introspective we are to telling stories and the very minute details that fill the story.

    Hannah Marble

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  3. meaganmthornton April 19, 2015 / 4:08 am

    I would love to learn more about how sound can increase adrenaline, induce sleep, etc. I suspect I knew this at a subconscious level but it’s a new and exciting fact to me. Thanks Stephanie! – Cassie Goff

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