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If I ask you to think of a place you love, you might mentally "see" that place in your mind. We usually call this "visualisation".

I would like to know if there is a similar word for when you think of a sound and you mentally "hear" it in your mind. Is there such a word or expression?

For example: I love the sound of the wind blowing thru the aspen forest. When I miss my home in the mountains, I just visualise those beautiful aspens and I _________ the sound of the wind.

  • Read The New Yorker, Jan 9, 2017. Pages 70-73. There is probably a suitable word in there somewhere. – Hot Licks Jan 13 '17 at 22:40
  • I think you would probably have to make do with something like "...and it evokes in me the sound of the wind". – WS2 Jan 13 '17 at 23:39
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Audiation - the sensation of hearing or feeling sound when it is not physically present.

So, when I am missing my home in the mountains (!) I just audiate the sound of the wind and I am there (in my mind's ear).

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  • +1 for a great word! You must do this a lot. – Cascabel Jan 14 '17 at 1:11
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    @Cascabel - curious thing, when I'm learning a piece I have to be careful to listen to how I'm actually playing (as opposed to how I imagine I'm playing!) – Dan Jan 14 '17 at 13:27
  • Can you give the noun form of that word. IE: visualise : visualisation :: audiate : _______? – Vivian River Jan 14 '17 at 22:58
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    @RiceFlourCookies - Audiate : Audiation. – Dan Jan 15 '17 at 13:40

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