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Prix 1987 - 2007

ORF Oberösterreich

Sound Characters for "Third Ear Music"
Maryanne Amacher

Tracks 1, 4, 4 and 6 contain what I call “Third Ear Music”, - when our ears act as instruments and emit sounds as well as receive them.“Third Ear Music”is composed to stimulate our ears to “sound” their own tones and melodic shapes.

When played at the right sound level, which is quite high and exciting, the tones in this music will cause your ears to act as neurophonic instruments that emit sounds that will seem to be issuing directly from your head. In concert my audiences discover music streaming out from their head, popping out of their ears, growing inside of them and growing outside of them, meeting and converging with the tones in the room.They discover they are producing a tonal dimension of the music which interacts melodically, rhythmically, and spatially with the tones in the room.Tones “dance”in the immediate space of their body, around them like a sonic warp, cascade inside ears, and out to space in front of their eyes, mixing and converging with the sound in the room. Do not be alarmed! Your ears are not behaving strangely or being damaged! Nor are loudspeakers being damaged.These virtual tones are a natural and very real physical aspect of auditory perception, similar to the fusing of two images resulting in a third three dimensional image in binocular perception. Produced interaurally, these virtual sounds and melodic patterns originate in ears and neuroanatomy, not in your loudspeakers. I believe that such response tones exist in all music, where they are usually registered subliminally, and are certainly masked within more complex timbres. I want to release this music which is produced by the listener, bring it out of subliminal existence, make it an important sonic dimension in my music.