Auditory Physiology and Psychology
“Music listening” is a metonymy of understanding music: For all participants, the ear functions as an interface for perceiving music between physical, psychological, and mathematical reality. But a metonymy is not the matter as such. This is what deaf Beethoven teaches us impressively: his innermost ear was an organ of imagination that was uncoupled from the material ear. And the physiology of the hearing process teaches us that the neural coupling of the ear to the respective cortical regions is extremely complex and still hardly understood. Section B.1 is written to give an overview on auditory physiology.
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