Director of Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), DUCA Family Professor of Music at Stanford University
The Sound Stage of the Mind: Imagined Sounds and Inner Voices. Mentally imagining voices & sounds in the "mind's ear" is as much a part of experience as visualizing in the "mind's eye." The vividness of sounds in the imagination varies between individuals but nearly everyone reports spontaneous sound & being able to conjure sounds intentionally. Imagining vocals & other sound has a role in planning even at very short time scales and this discussion is motivated by investigations of musical performance. Reading ahead or thinking ahead in sound can be a conscious part of playing or singing. When the next part of a passage is in the mind quasi-acoustically, is there something to be said about the presentation itself.