Integrating Sound, Space, and Evolution

By Frederick Bianchi.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This article examines spatial sound distribution from a human evolutionary perspective. It begins with a discussion of human hearing and perception and examines the relationship between auditory processing, cognitive development, and intelligence. Central to the article is the argument that involvement in musical activity has been an important factor in human evolution by virtue of its ability to accelerate cognitive development and intelligence. Based on this position, the limitations of Western music to provide the auditory challenges necessary for the continued promotion of advanced cognitive development are discussed. The article concludes by considering a speculative strategy for developing a more varied and complex interaction with sound using spatially distributed audio sources.

Keywords: Music, Evolution, Cognition, Intelligence, Spatial Sound, Perception

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp.181-190. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 804.664KB).

Dr. Frederick Bianchi

Director of Computer Music Research, Department of Humanities and Arts, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Composer and researcher in the area of Music Technology and Interactive Media. Bianchi’s creative and experimental work in music composition and technology began with reel-to-reel tape recorders and first generation analog synthesizers. His early work utilized electronically generated sounds integrated with large acoustic ensembles in real-time. During this period, Bianchi also began his initial experiments with large-scale, multi-channel sound installations. With over 100 compositions from that period, Bianchi has received international recognition and numerous awards and honors for his work and innovations. By the mid 1980s, Bianchi began working on interactive music performance and virtual orchestra design. That groundbreaking work has resulted in over 150,000 performances world-wide including work on Broadway, London’s West End, Cirque du Soleil, and numerous tours in America and Europe. Regarded as a pioneer in interactive performance technology, Bianchi’s influence, while controversial, has been a shaping force in the performing arts.

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