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The aim of the system is to achieve "fidelity" between the input and output signals, that is, to make them indistinguishable, at least ideally. Interestingly enough, early advertisements for the gramophone, just as with certain brands of magnetic tape today ("is it live or is it... "), emphasized the "you won't be able to tell the difference" quality of their products. L_ _ SOUNOWAVE I Figure 3 The "black box" model of electroacoustics, showing the transduction of the sound wave into an audio signal, and back again into a sound wave with intermediate stages of storage, transmission, or manipulation.
They all had different tones and sounded at different intervals. We heard them as we went to sleep and again first thing in the morning. But despite the fact that they were mournful, we seem to remember them as somehow comforting. (World Soundscape Project, 1978a, p. 19) Here the relation of the listener to the sound is less immediate and dependent than that of a boat captain, for instance, but the experience seems no less important. The person was obviously familiar with the signalling codes of each horn, though the explicit information conveyed seems less important than the symbolic function that the sound acquired.
It can be defined simply as the processing of sonic information that is usable and potentially meaningful to the brain. Similarly, whereas the "sonic environment" can be regarded as the aggregate of all sound energy in any given context, we will use the term "soundscape" to put the emphasis on how that environment is understood by those living within it-the people who are in fact creating it. The individual listener within a soundscape is not engaged in a passive type of energy reception, but rather is part of a dynamic system of information exchange.