A brief argument for, and summary of, the concept of Sonic Virtuality

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Sonic virtuality is a conceptualization of sound devised with several purposes in mind. First, it provides a holistic definition of sound that takes account of factors beyond the bare physics of sound waves and their propagation. Second, in providing such a definition, it attempts to explain a number of sonic anomalies that existing definitions of sound, of which there are several, do not satisfactorily explain. Third, in its concept of sound as an emergent perception sited within the mind, it provides the conceptual framework to work with sound in the context of new and developing technologies. The essay begins with an enumeration of several existing definitions of sound and problems with them, focussing in particular upon the western world’s dominant definition of sound as a sound wave, and then provides a brief exposition of sonic virtuality before concluding with a speculative example of its use.
Original languageEnglish
Book seriesDansk Musikforskning Online
Issue numberSpecial Edition
Pages (from-to)81-98
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Sound and Music Experience
  • Sound
  • Virtuality
  • Acoustics
  • Perception


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