Auditory hierarchy

Three levels on which sound commands our attention based on the Gestalt principle of figure and ground.

  1. The immediate presence of something we are consciously listening to
  2. The support sound for the event or environment that are heard but do not command direct attention
  3. Background sound that we don’t notice but that constitutes the created reality and can influence our subconscious


Related effects: Figure and ground; Film sound colour spectrum
Related inductor effect: Listening modes

(Sonnenschein, 2001)

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