A term indicating both the physical-acoustic phenomenon produced by the vibrations of an elastic body transmitted in the surrounding environment, and its subjective effect consisting in the sensation produced by the solicitation of the auditory apparatus and by the conscious perception of the sensory impulse. Sound, the basic element of all music, is certainly fundamental for dialogue between cultures as it helps to lay the common sensory foundations for dealing with communication. The widespread comprehension of sound is even traceable among the archaic populations that trust in ritual and the sounds that accompany it for the survival of their communities and the relationships between communities, tribes or family clans. Unable to grasp the basic connections between causes and consequences, they live immersed in a reality wholly governed by the supernatural and given its ethereal nature they rely on sound and its “supernatural” power.

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