High Fidelity

I am sitting in a black void in the basement laboratory of Chris Kyriakakis, an assistant professor at the University of Southern California's Integrated Media Systems Center. The doors are shut, the lights are out, there are no windows. I can hear the silence.

The sound of a Ping-Pong ball suddenly shatters the quiet. I see nothing but can sense the ball moving left, then right, then back again (and again and again). My ears are performing the equivalent of the left-and-right neck pivot required to watch tennis. Finally the ball drops to the ground and rolls. Still in total darkness,...

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