This is going to be difficult to answer (or maybe difficult to understand).
I am of the opinion that there is a PHYSICAL effect - a (physical) change takes place to the information as it travels along the auditory nerve which, then, in turn, will affect how the working memory 'translates' that changed information !
You stated it clearly and this is easy to understand.
"Do the ART products affect "perception at the working memory?"
This is what I am suggesting could happen. Just taking the one suggestion by John A - microwave radiation . . .
I understand what you are purposing as a possible explanation.
Do you have any knowledge/reason to believe microwave radiation has any impact on our processing of audio information? Mr. Atkinson states that he just threw this out as a concept. I have looked and haven't found anything in the literature that such radiation affects any of our senses.
That is right. I call it perception only when the working memory has to resolve the musical information of Dvorak's New World. Up to that point I see the information conveyed as electro-chemicals - analogous to the audio signal conveyed by the actual audio system.
Got it. Perfectly reasonable terminology.
And WHERE exactly do YOU suggest that the chemical influence of the alcohol can affect the 'sound' if not where the information of Dvorak's New World is ACTUALLY conveyed by electro-chemicals. I.e. The auditory nerve.
Actually it is believed the alcohol affects central auditory processing; that is, the way the brain processes the information. I think this would be akin to changing "perception" using your terminology.
Surely you have just made my point for me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Keep in mind that I never took the position that all changes to audio information must be before the ear drum.
The distinction however is that alcohol is well-known as a central nervous system depressant, is physically present in the body at the time it has an impact on the listener and this effect is fairly consistent across individuals. It's also easily demonstrable and repeatable.