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SoundScapeIssue 02 61In 2011 'The End of Hearing' was presented to the public in London. I was able to talk to many visitors and interview them about their hearing, their understanding of silence and noise pollution, as well as the possibility of re-thinking our aural faculty in the future. Scenario 1 Those who used to warn us about the consequences of noise pollution and damaging listening habits have been proven correct. A vast majority of the Earth's population is now hard of hearing. The rest needs to be treated pharmacologically in order to function normally. Regulating human aural faculty with ototoxic antibiotic mixers is a must. Scenario 2 Sound conditioning is a method of immunising against hearing loss. Pioneered more than five decades ago, it has eventually become a commercial success. Losing one's hearing unexpectedly gets spun off into controversial entertainment. What was intended to save people's lives is turned into an extreme sport called 'blasting'.Scenario 3 No one expected that implanting wireless receivers into the human cochlear nerve would prove so easy. Today, many can enjoy listening to the ether with this artificial sixth sense. While adults face difficulties learning to interpret the stimuli, research indicates that full comprehension of radio signals can be developed through pre-birth implantation. Not so long ago many would call it unethical. Read more about the results at http://the- end-of-hearing.orgImagine a future in which the hearing sense undergoes a radical transformation - an assassination

SoundScapeIssue 02 62The key to You Are What Your Hear is that "Territory is not a place - it is a state of mind". It relates territory to "territoriality" - a concept appropriated from human nonverbal communication. Territorial behaviours within nonverbal communication are more subtle and pervasive than defence and physical violence. They are based on marking, displays, and gathering. Although it is widely accepted by music scientists that music evolved as part of communication, no previous work has meaningfully connected human music with territoriality and body language. By explaining how context controls the way we relate to music, You Are What You Hear shows how we can divide up our musical experiences into everyday experiences with a primarily territorial function (cognitivist moments), plus sporadic highly emotional musical experiences, during which our emotions are greatly heightened by music (emotivist moments).But this book goes further. Dr Witchel, who researches music, pleasure and the brain, suggests that we evolved music for the same reason as birds and gibbons. Humans use music to establish social territory. In this way music can infl uence what we think, what we decide to buy, and even how smart we are. Music stirs such powerful emotions in us because territory is not a place - it is a state of mind. Music stirs such powerful emotions in us because territory is not a place - it is a state of mindMost importantly, the book explores in a way never previously done, the human relationship with music and how music makes us who we are. Part science, part fun, the book is as suitable for the casual reader as it is for students, culture mavens, researchers, and musicians. It is a fast and engaging read where each chapter teases apart a simple but deep enigma.For more information visit makerswhat purpose does music serve? and if we need it, what does it do to us? You Are What You Hear, the new book by body language expert Dr Harry Witchel, provides the answers to all these questions with the most up-to-date science and humorous anecdotes from the history of pop culture, revealing why music makes us feel so good - or why the wrong music makes us feel so bad. SoundScape listens up