Introduction to Psychoacoustics and Psychophysics
With emphasis on the audio and haptic components of
virtual reality design
- June 26 - July 8, 1995; Fee: $800
- Two weeks instruction and laboratory.
- Limited to 15 participants.
Guest Lecturers: (in order of appearance)
More Guest Speakers:
- Bill Putnam(CCRMA,
- Perry Cook (CCRMA, Stanford University)
- Louis Rosenberg (Immersion Corp.)
- Beth Wenzel (NASA)
- Malcolm Slaney (Interval Research)
- Bill Verplank (Interval Research)
- Dick Duda (San Jose State University)
- Sid Fels (Virtex)
- Debbie Zetes (Applied Mech., Stanford University)
- Tim Lacey (CDR, Stanford University)
- Cameo appearances:
This course will introduce concepts and apply tools from cognitive
psychology to the composition of virtual audio and haptic
environments. In particular, the salience of various auditory and
haptic phenomena to the perception and performance of music will be
Just as visual artists spend time learning perspective to provoke
3D effects, composers and virtual object designers must study the
perceptual sciences to create virtual environments which are
convincing upon hearing and touch. We will study relevant topics from
acoustics, psychology, physics and physiology. We will apply these to
the design and rendering of virtual objects not for the eye, but for
the haptic and audio senses. Principles of speech, timbre, melody,
pitch, texture, force, and motion perception will be addressed.
Various audio and haptic effects and illusions will be demonstrated.
Morning lectures will cover these topics and also feature talks by
eminent researchers and entrepreneurs working in the fields of
psychoacoustics and haptics. Afternoon labs will provide practical
experience in psychophysics experiment design and execution. In
addition to sound synthesis tools, various haptic interfaces will by
made available for experiment designs.
- Gestalt Principles of Grouping
- physiology of the ear and auditory system
- spatial audio effects
- physical/mathematical aspects of sound
- speech perception / speech synthesis
Tools available to participants
- NeXTStep Computers; CCRMA software
- MIDI Studio
- Radio Drum
- Digital Recording Studio
- Audio Mixing Studio
- Haptic Interfaces
- VR devices:
- Cyber Glove from Virtex
- No head-mount -- down with Vision!
- Pierce, John R. The Science of Musical Sound. Rev. ed.
W. H. Freeman, New York, 1992.
- Deutsch, Diana, ed. The Psychology of Music.
Academic Press, 1982.
- Dowling, W. Jay and Dane L. Harwood, Music Cognition.
Academic Press, New York, 1986.
- Bregman, Albert S. Audiotry scene analysis: The perceptual
organization of sound. MIT Press, Cambridge Mass., 1990.
- Churchland, Patricia Smith. The Computational Brain.
MIT Press, Cambridge Mass., 1992.
For applications contact:
CCRMA Summer Workshops
Department of Music
Stanford, CA 94305-8180, USA.