I always thought this was known.
Hence the reason loud low frequencies can put a group of people into a trance like state, trible to raves etc,. Personnally though I think both the physical and what we hear are seperate entitys and perception has more to do with how we analyse music and sounds in our brains. I think harmonics actually has the most impact regards how we percieve music and sounds.
I personnally think with regards 'normal' levels of listening harmonics within music and sounds in nature is the big thing. Its what I think seperates good hifi from o.k hifi, seperates danger from safe.its why the same track of a piece of music can sound 'different' - on two pieces of kit or through a piece of copper when mathamatically they are identical when measured - harmonics.
I agree with the feeling music part,
For example just go to any large nightclub with a powerful sound system and tell me you can’t feel the bass when you are having a jump around on the dance floor.
Most people won’t be dancing to the music but dancing to the baseline which is for me just as easy to feel as it is to hear.
Feeling the music adds to the experience you have there.
Mind you that was more than a few years ago, so maybe I was hearing through rose coloured ear muffs
I used to work in a rock nightclub in Derby (The Rockhouse for anyone there in the mid-90s) and we used to have a deaf group of people come in. They couldn't hear the music, but they felt and liked the vibration of the music. They were a good crowd, taking drinks orders was a bit tricky though!
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She is great. I posted a link to her video many moons ago and it went by without much fuss, i'm glad shes has the spot light
Evelyn Glennie is truly amazing ! She manages to put into words so much of what I feel when I listen to music .
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The ear stiil detects sound that is "felt" by the body, and transmitted via the skeleton / tissue, rather than a direct pressure wave into the ear canal. This is why headphones will never be able to completely replicate low frequencies and the feeling of really being "there".
I'm sure that detecting sound is also more than just oscillation of the stereocilia in the cochlea
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