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In a previous study (Schumacher and Fuentes 2017), participants listened to an acoustic piece and were then interviewed about their listening experience. Statements were identified regarding the spatiality of the piece that seem to associate with and exemplify the schemes described in Table 1. The testimonies seem to indicate that these schemes function at least on a linguistic level, as can be observed in Table 2.

Table 2.

Characterizations of Sound Trajectories

SchemaCategorySubjective Responses
Orientation Up–Down [a] The sound “was above me.” (Participant 2) 
  “There was a sound that felt very close, just above my head, as if it came from above.” (Participant 7) 
 Front–Back [b] “I heard some acute sounds coming from behind rather than from the front.” (Participant 3) 
 Left–Right [c] “The sounds came from everywhere.” (Participant 2) 
  “The sound came from behind me, and sometimes from the side.” (Participant 7) 
Container Through [e][e'] “The sound can go into you and then out. It was an enveloping sound. It was the most impressive experience.” (Participant 19) 
  “I don't know if I felt it inside of me, but the sounds that moved at my head's height felt like they were inside my head.” (Participant 20) 
 Surrounded [d] “The sound moved like it was spinning, I felt surrounded by the speakers, as if the sound moved from one speaker to another in circles.” (Participant 14) 
  “I would describe it as a sphere that spins concentrically around the listener.” (Participant 5) 
SchemaCategorySubjective Responses
Orientation Up–Down [a] The sound “was above me.” (Participant 2) 
  “There was a sound that felt very close, just above my head, as if it came from above.” (Participant 7) 
 Front–Back [b] “I heard some acute sounds coming from behind rather than from the front.” (Participant 3) 
 Left–Right [c] “The sounds came from everywhere.” (Participant 2) 
  “The sound came from behind me, and sometimes from the side.” (Participant 7) 
Container Through [e][e'] “The sound can go into you and then out. It was an enveloping sound. It was the most impressive experience.” (Participant 19) 
  “I don't know if I felt it inside of me, but the sounds that moved at my head's height felt like they were inside my head.” (Participant 20) 
 Surrounded [d] “The sound moved like it was spinning, I felt surrounded by the speakers, as if the sound moved from one speaker to another in circles.” (Participant 14) 
  “I would describe it as a sphere that spins concentrically around the listener.” (Participant 5) 

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