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A singular situation occurs during the acousmatic listening experience that rarely occurs in everyday acoustic spaces: Listeners often describe having the feeling that the sound went through their bodies (label “e'” at the top left of Figure 1). In this case, they identify the sound as being external and continuing its trajectory after going through their bodies, which is different from situations in which we hear sounds emerging from our bodies and going out into the acoustic space. In Table 1, we show a systematization of the two schemata, with their categories and variables.

Table 1.

Systematization of Sound Trajectories

SchemaCategoryVariable
Orientation Up–Down [a] Near–Far 
 Front–Back [b] Near–Far 
 Left–Right [c] Near–Far 
Container Through [e][e'] Inside–Outside 
  Near–Far [e'] 
 Surrounded Near–Far 
SchemaCategoryVariable
Orientation Up–Down [a] Near–Far 
 Front–Back [b] Near–Far 
 Left–Right [c] Near–Far 
Container Through [e][e'] Inside–Outside 
  Near–Far [e'] 
 Surrounded Near–Far 

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