posted on Sep, 27 2008 @ 02:24 PM
thought i might be able to pitch in an alternative view for you here
Part of my job as a composer sometimes involves making backing tracks for karaoke machines. One of the things you obviously have to get sorted to do
this, is to learn the songs so you can re-record them.
But, you have to learn EVERY detail of the song. I'm talking, the shakers that are quiet in the song, to every note of every harmony and so.
To do this, I didn't wake up one day and have super human hearing, I instead spent a few days learning to listen. It's not something that's easy to
teach, but in the example of a song, it'd be like 'just listening to the drums' or 'just listening to the vocals'.
Anyway, it's the same with ambient noise isn't it? How many times has someone said, "Hey.. can you hear that hum from the T.V." only for you to
actually sit there and listen and realise there is a hum.. purely because you focused on what you were listening to. (and more annoyingly, the notice
the hum every time from then on!)
But yes, my point is you likely have just learned to listen properly. It's such an irritating thing to realise you can do, but everyone can. I'm a
good example (and anyone else who transcribes music can vouch for me) of someone who's learnt the powers of 'extraordinary hearing'
Glad I could give you a different spin,