The photo: cochlea
To hear Mozart's Vesperae solennes de Confessore, Dixit Dominus, click onto this URL:
Click onto the URL below to see an animation of sound felt along the basilar membrane in the cochlea:
by Jeanne I. Lakatos
The chorus swells; waves rush in,
their flow controlled
by the canal's turbid banks.
Membrane pulsates -
Malleus, Incus Stapes
through a liquid universe.
Electrical impulses meander
in and out and around
minuscule hair cells within
majestic cochlea, sitting on its throne,
Eighth nerve to the brain reaches out.
Mozart sheds a heavenly tear.
This perfect one will never hear