Psychoacoustics – the scientific study of the brains interpretation of sound
This is something that I chose to study for my dissertation at uni as I found it super interesting. The title was:
The two main composers I studied were Diana Deutsch and Al Bregman.
Here are the few of the chapter titles to give you a brief example of the stuff I researched:
Chapter 1- Perception of pitch and melody and fusion of independent signals and their effect on perceived location
Chapter 2 – Effects of rhythm, pitch, timbre, frequency of repetition and spatial location on stream segregation
Chapter 3 – Perceptual grouping and masking techniques and curiosities, ambiguities and assumption relating to how the brain interprets speech
WHAT DO I INTEND TO DO HERE?
Instead of just posting my dissertation here, I’m going to go over what I learned whilst writing it, but this time more in depth and I’ll be sharing it here.
This is good for me too as it’s been about 5 years since I looked at any of this and I know I have forgotten a lot of it.
WHY IS THIS GOOD TO KNOW AS A PRODUCER?
I found that after learning about this stuff, when composing and particularly in mixing my productions, this stuff pops up all the time. When I recognise it I’m able to apply some of these effects to get elements to sit in the mix more harmoniously, and with more clarity and consistency.
I personally feel that it’s almost like a secret dimension of music production, and I don’t think it’s unfair to say that it doesn’t (stereotypically) get talked about much (or at all) in other music production courses. So I hope whoever sees this stuff gets a lot from it and can apply it to their productions too.