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“Audio Memory” ?

Discussion in 'audio' started by fegs, Jun 13, 2020.

  1. awkwardbydesign

    awkwardbydesign Officially Awesome

    I must agree there. A great performer but a lousy voice.
    Damn, did I say THAT out loud? :eek:
  2. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr Well, I can dream, can’t I?

    We all heard it, but don’t worry, we’ll have forgotten what we heard within about 2-3 minutes...
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  3. PBB

    PBB pfm Member

  4. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig ^'- -'^

    Yeah but it's not just about the voice. It's about the ideas behind it. If the voice was all that mattered we'd all be listening to Pop Idol winners.
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  5. PBB

    PBB pfm Member

    It is very short for most normally constituted humans.
    Audiophiles are superhumans though, but never attempt to test their powers, I understand that the mere suggestion blunts their gawd given gift.
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  6. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr Well, I can dream, can’t I?

    So how do you remember a piece of music, or do you find yourself, goldfish-like, hearing it afresh every time?
  7. Darren L

    Darren L pfm Member

    Certainly not the greatest singer of all time but then I've never heard anyone make that claim .
    David Bowie was definitely one of the most creative, innovative, songwriting musicians this planet has produced with a career spanning six decades. Unlikely we will ever see the same again.
  8. clivem2

    clivem2 pfm Member

    My audio memory is mostly down assigning what I hear into pigeon holes. In other words I recall characteristics of what I hear rather than the exact sound....this works fairly well for me over longish periods. If doing a direct A/B then I'll use my memory of the sounds.
  9. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    Define 'commonly'
  10. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    It depends what you mean by "aural memory". A voice can do it immediately, differences between stereos, hmm. Less certain. A couple of years ago I was in a shop chatting to a pal as we wandered round. As we approached the counter the cashier, who I had seen but didn't recognise, asked me "Excuse me, is your name Stephen?" Yes it is, and immediately she spoke I knew her name, nickname and when I had last seen her. Primary school, about 35 years previously. I would never have recognised the 45 year old version from my memory of the little girl who was one of my pals when I was 10 years old, but I immediately knew her when she spoke, with absolute confidence.

    Other memories are less reliable. Most of the cable threads go on for ever because some people believe that their ears and brains are analytical machines that can never imagine anything. "I've heard it therefore there is a physical difference". On the other side of the fence are people like me who believe that the response to music varies according to a variety of factors and that ears/brains are a really unreliable measure, especially on a one-off listen.
  11. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr Well, I can dream, can’t I?

    More frequently than ‘never’ but less frequently than ‘always’. Probably somewhere closer to ‘always’ than ‘never’.
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2020
  12. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Hat and Beard member

    Cited whilst slouching along with a sneer, hands in pockets and blowing bubbles through gum in a way of which your parents would have disapproved.
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  13. James

    James Lord of the Erg\o/s

    Absolutely, but isn't that why we listen to music?

    If that experience suspended disbelief and grabbed me emotionally, then I surmise the hifi has done a good - nay, great - job in reproducing the music. I rarely focus on any particularly aspect of the sound these days, unless it jumps out at me.
    Sue Pertwee-Tyr and Mr Pig like this.
  14. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    You’re correct about voices.

    A young lady, who was a ( sort-of girlfriend ) in the late 1960s has a very distinctive voice.
    I rather liked it.
    As with all things, she didn’t marry me ( shame ) and moved to Bristol with her new husband Greg.
    Over the years, I never forgot her voice.

    Then, about 5 years ago she ‘phoned to give me some news.
    I instantly knew it was her, almost before she spoke the second word.
    It was amazing and it has never happened to me, before or since.

    We met up this summer and of course she’s changed, but that voice...
  15. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    Oh yes, very good. I'd certainly subscribe if you ever get a crowd fund thing going to support you attending 'comicsrus' school in France, or Vienna, or anywhere...
  16. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr Well, I can dream, can’t I?

    Define ‘certainly’
  17. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    Hanging like a badly fitted drape...
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  18. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    The further away the better.
    Oh sry. Wrong bit. Like uncertainly but faster, and backwards.
  19. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr Well, I can dream, can’t I?

    Serious question: have I done something to upset or annoy you?
  20. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    Just the world pissing me off Steve. I was being grouchy. Ignore me, apologise.
    Sue Pertwee-Tyr likes this.

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