The Visual and Auditory Representation of Space and the Net-Space

  • Werner Jauk
Keywords: cognitive representation (auditory-) space (exp. study), musical space, net-space


The use of the term space in net-space is based on a mechanistic point of view, an imagery of visual space out of bodily experience of the world. By technical turns the active interaction to explore space more and more becomes a passive one. This is where the auditory space comes in and serves as an imagery for net-space. An experiment proved an auditory imagery just evoked by different sharpness/pitch. Subjects were instructed to show the point in space where they imagined a sound with a specific timbre is located. The results show two groups of subjects: a visual type that imagines space by his own movement and an exploring auditory type which imagines space according to the internalized knowledge of the behavior of sound: dull sounds are far away, sharp sounds are near. Pitch revealed a significant effect on the synesthetic imagination on the Y-axis. The secondary interpretation of sound as space-localization indicates auditory-space to be a space of occurrences and supports McLuhans assumption of an analogy of “ear and electricity”, of auditory space and electric space, nowadays net-space. Despite the metaphoric use of space artistic experiments initiate auditory-space-imagery to use it as a psychological interface to the net-space, another space of occurrences defined by communication-processes.


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JaukW. (2007). The Visual and Auditory Representation of Space and the Net-Space. Musicological Annual, 43(2), 361-370.