Listen: A History of Our Ears

Listen: A History of Our Ears

Peter Szendy, Charlotte Mandell


during this intimate meditation on listening, Peter Szendy examines what the position of the listener is, and has been, in the course of the centuries. The function of the composer is obvious, as is the function of the musician, yet the place precisely does the listener stand with regards to the tune s/he listens to? what's the accountability of the listener? Does a listener have any rights, because the writer and composer have copyright? Szendy explains his love of musical association (since preparations let him to hear anyone hearing music), and wonders if it is attainable in alternative ways to show to others how we ourselves take heed to song. How will we proportion our genuine listening to with others?Along the way in which, he examines the evolution of copyright legislation as utilized to musical works and takes us into the court docket to ascertain diverse debates on what we're and are not allowed to hear, and to witness the superb line among musical borrowing and outright plagiarism. eventually, he examines the new phenomenon of DJs and electronic compilations, and wonders how expertise has affected our behavior of listening and has replaced listening from a passive workout to an lively one, wherein you'll be able to bounce from tune to trace or play purely chosen pieces.

Show sample text content

Download sample