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This chapter focuses on how what we hear relates to the material cause of the sound heard. Some sounds are rich in what the author calls “materializing sonic indices,” that is, sonic information about a given sound’s source. Other sounds are much less informative about the nature and even location of their provenance. There is a tendency to counteract the causal vagueness of many sounds by anchoring them visually. Such spatial magnetization of sounds—linking sound to source via vision—can lead to various distortions in listening. When it comes to analyzing sounds in themselves, there is a tendency to overemphasize cause...

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