Albuquerque, NM, March 30, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Researchers in the United Sates and Sweden announced today that they have discovered a way to design sound waves that carry two distinct audio signals. The process, which they have named Audial Bi-Imagery, allows the listener to hear one of two completely different sounds depending on how they focus their hearing. The effect is similar to the visual process by which people can see one of two distinctly different patterns in a drawing, such as seeing either two faces or a single goblet, depending on how they focus their vision.
The team, composed of mathematicians, physicists, and musical theorists, used models built on the mathematical theory of Harmonic Resonance to prove their hypothesis and develop the process. "Physicists have long understood that resonance plays a fundamental role in the science of physics, and is used to describe the workings of the universe itself," states the team's leader, Dr. Carlos Duvall, an award winning physicist and leader of the research team. "In fact, much of Einstein’s work that led him to publish his famous equation of E=MC2 was based on resonance science."
Dr. Mimi Townsend, a distinguished mathematician and co-investigator of the study, further explains that "Harmonic Resonance manifests itself through mathematics in our everyday world, and has done so ever since matter first came into existence. It's what allows a singer to shatter a goblet with her voice, and is the reason why even the earliest armies had their troops fall out of step before crossing a bridge lest the rhythm of their footfalls magnify upon themselves and cause the bridge to collapse."
Dr. Gustov Ilych, professor of musical studies at the renowned Royal College of Music in Stockholm adds that the application of Harmonic Resonance to musical theory is a natural extension of music itself. "Every musical instrument that ever existed relies on resonance to produce and sustain sound," says Ilych. "Music, after all, is at its core the application of pure mathematics whether one realizes it or not. Our ability to now apply this discovery to musical recordings will truly transform how we deliver and enjoy musical works of art."
Despite some initial skepticism in academic circles, the team has garnered interest in the commercial arena, with some of the leading technology vendors funding some of the research. The consensus amongst these firms has been that if Audial Bi-Imagery could be made a reality then those who were licensed to use it would revolutionize how music could be delivered to consumers.
The team established that it can reliably deliver two separate audio "images" using a single recording in laboratory conditions in December, 2011. Over the course of the last three months they have been refining the process to the point where it can now be applied outside of the laboratory using commercially available equipment. The recent breakthroughs in the development of Audial Bi-Imagery now mean that the music and electronics industries will soon be able to release commercial products using this exciting new technology.
For more information on Audial Bi-Imagery and the team that achieved this technological breakthrough, visit the site http://www.audial-bi-imagery.com.