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Audio Production and Critical Listening: Technical Ear Training, Second Edition develops your critical and expert listening skills, enabling you to listen to audio like an award-winning engineer. Featuring an accessible writing style, this new edition includes information on objective measurements of sound, technical descriptions of signal processing, and their relationships to subjective impressions of sound. It also includes information on hearing conservation, ear plugs, and listening levels, as well as bias in the listening process. The interactive web browser-based “ear training” software practice modules provide experience identifying various types of signal processes and manipulations. Working alongside the clear and detailed explanations in the book, this software completes the learning package that will help you train you ears to listen and really “hear” your recordings. This all-new edition has been updated to include: Audio and psychoacoustic theories to inform and expand your critical listening practice. Access to integrated software that promotes listening skills development through audio examples found in actual recording and production work, listening exercises, and tests. Cutting-edge interactive practice modules created to increase your experience. More examples of sound recordings analysis. New outline for progressing through the EQ ear training software module with listening exercises and tips.

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Listening Closely

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Imagine what it would be like not to hear a sound-no music, no friendly voices, no children’s laughter. Arlene Romoff doesn’t have to imagine how it would feel: she lived it. Although she was born with normal hearing, in her late teens it began to slip away, as if someone were lowering the volume of the world around her. Over the next twenty-five years, Arlene began a long, slow descent into deafness so profound that no hearing aid or assistive device could help. The experience was devastating. But then Arlene opted for what she considers a miracle: She got a cochlear implant. Using electrodes threaded into the cochlea, an internal computer chip, and an external computer processor, cochlear implants bypass the damaged portion of the cochlea and stimulate the auditory nerve directly, allowing sound to reach the brain. Amazingly, she could hear again. Arlene’s journey, however, isn’t just about the magic of technology. What she endured reveals as much about the strength of the human spirit, about the wonders of chance and fate, and about making the most of what life dishes out. For Arlene, events seemed to unfold almost as if they were a part of some elaborate plan: just when she went deaf, her insurance company began paying for the implants. And ten years later, when her old cochlear implant finally failed she received new state-of-the-art technology and underwent yet another metamorphosis-one that helped her continue to counsel others in a similar situation. LISTENING CLOSELY will give you a chance to walk in Arlene Romoff’s shoes, to understand the pain of her loss and the joy of once again being able to hear the music of the world. Those suffering from hearing loss-or who have loved one who is-will find Arlene’s very special journey both inspirational and informative.

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In the Interest of Listening

When I was in college my stepfather often told me that it is more important to be interested than interesting. I didn’t really understand what he meant, and I didn’t give the concept much thought. However, over the last year the importance of the distinction between those words has become apparent — as important, as Mark Twain once said, as the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. As I think about the difference between being interested and being interesting, it occurs to me that those who are genuinely interested hold a considerable advantage over those who labor mightily to be interesting.

A recent meeting with one of my good friends from college, Hannah, was a key to my new understanding of the point. Hannah had been my neighbor freshman year, and over four years has become one of my closest friends.

After spending an afternoon reminiscing about our college adventures and updating each other on the evolution of our lives, I couldn’t help but marvel at the tight bond we have cultivated. Our friendship did not manifest itself the way most friendships in college do — through mutual interests, attendance at the same parties, or shared majors. Hannah was a double major, Theater and English, and I was a Business major. We both had different interests, travelled in different social circles, and after freshman year never lived in the same building. In many ways we had very little in common.

Now, as I find myself graduated, out in the world, and looking to make the same kind of lasting and meaningful relationships, I wonder what makes my bond with Hannah so powerful? How did our relationship transcend a lack of shared interests?

I believe that the answer lies in the fact that the foundation of our relationship was not built on superficial things, like the fact that we both like the Red Sox or Harry Potter, but, rather, it was the product of something much stronger than shared interests — it was built on years of shared conversations.

Hannah is an important friend because she listens and asks questions. And the key to Hannah’s considerable power as a true friend and confidant is that she listens in ways that few people do — she gives me her undivided attention, challenges my opinions and assumptions, and makes my story the focal point of the conversation. Only interested people do that. And interested people force you to think, reflect — and evolve.

The truth is that often in our darkest times we are not even looking for feedback or advice, but rather someone to simply listen to us, empathize with our plight, and point us in the right direction. Sometimes all it takes is a really great listener to turn a life around.

Robert Coles, professor emeritus at Harvard University, renowned child psychiatrist, Pulitzer Prize winner, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, is the author of The Call of Stories: Teaching and the Moral Imagination, a book that takes a very personal look at the power of storytelling and personal narratives to enhance understanding and empathy. Coles recalls an invaluable piece of advice he had received from one of his early mentors at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Ludwig. He said, “The people who come to see us bring us their stories. They hope they tell them well enough so that we understand the truth of their lives. They hope we know how to interpret their stories correctly. We have to remember that what we hear is their story.”

What is critical here is the shift from the importance of the storyteller to the responsibility and significance of the story receiver. When we talk about our lives and experiences to one another in-person, as I do with Hannah, that face-to-face exchange is not just interactive — it’s interpersonal. Active listening demands that we give and receive a multitude of sensory and emotional cues — teaching us to listen deeply, to develop a sense of empathy, and, in some cases, to gauge what is right or wrong.

In that sense, then, being genuinely interested isn’t just a function of being polite; it is a kind of moral action that acknowledges the basic human need for understanding and connection.

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Listening To Heavy Metal May Actually Make You Calmer, Study Finds

Apparently, Ozzy Osbourne may hold the key to happiness.

A recent study has found that “extreme” music genres — including heavy metal, emo, punk and screamo — may actually help calm angry listeners. Researchers say the results contradict the notion such music is linked to aggression and delinquency.

The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience in May, was conducted at Australia’s University of Queensland. Researchers asked 39 extreme-music lovers to describe a frustrating situation involving relationships, finances or work. To measure participants’ emotions, researchers monitored their heart rates and asked them how they felt throughout the anger-inducing process. Some participants then sat in silence for 10 minutes, while others spent 10 minutes listening to the extreme song of their choice.

Instead of increasing listeners’ anger, the extreme music calmed them, producing a result similar to sitting in silence.

“We found the music regulated sadness and enhanced positive emotions,” Leah Sharman, a student at the university’s School of Psychology and co-author of the study, stated in a release. “The music helped them explore the full gamut of emotion they felt, but also left them feeling more active and inspired.”

Sharman and co-researcher Genevieve Dingle, a lecturer in health and behavioral sciences at the University of Queensland, sought to challenge the theory that extreme music causes anger, a long-standing argument for foes of the genre. The pair also sought to test the notion that listeners can find happiness in harsh-sounding screamo or emotion-laden emo music.

In a September 2013 article for The Atlantic, Leah Sottile wrote about a separate study on music and emotions conducted at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The research showed “people who chose to be pissed off actually showed a greater sense of well-being overall than the people who avoided feelings of unpleasantness,” Sottile wrote.

The University of Queensland study echoes these findings, with participants reporting “they used music to enhance their happiness, immerse themselves in feelings of love and enhance their well-being.”

However, the study does note that the soothing effects of extreme music may be unique to fans of the genre. All of the participants were self-identified metal connoisseurs who weren’t undergoing any actual symptoms of distress. The researchers say they’re still unsure of the effects of extreme music over longer periods of time, and they didn’t measure factors like personality and the “tendency to ruminate.”

But the choice to listen to angry music to match an angry mood may be an active way to understand and regulate negative emotions.

So play on, metalheads.

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