Reverb Listening Exercise

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Yesterday, we practiced listening to the ambient sounds in the environment. Earlier today, we learned about the amazing ability to use sound echo to navigate. Also called bio-sonar, this skill is innate to animals like bats and dolphins. But we also learned that humans have the ability to develop this skill. In fact, some have such a keenly developed biosonar skills they can use them to navigate, play sports and even ride a bike, without eyesight! That’s right, most individuals who develop this skill are also legally blind!

This exercise is designed to help us begin developing our own echolocation skills.

Reverb Listening Exercise

Find a place to sit comfortably and connect with your breath
Take Three diaphragmatic breaths as we have been practicing
Close your eyes and clap your hands
Listen to how long the sound lasts in the room
(Large rooms have longer reverb than smaller)
Listen to how surfaces in the room react to the sound
-Some will give it presence, some will muffle or dampen the sound
- Some will reflect the sound (tile, cement, wood, glass)
- Some will absorb it (Carpet, couches, curtains and other fabrics, wallpaper and acoustic ceilings) These areas may sound "deadened"
Listen to the shape of the room

If you are familiar with the space, try to move around it, listening for subtle shifts in the sound as you move around

How did you do? Do you think this is a skill you can develop?

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