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Thresholds of ListeningSound, Technics, Space$
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Sander van Maas

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823264377

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823264377.001.0001

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Movement at the Boundaries of Listening, Composition, and Performance

Movement at the Boundaries of Listening, Composition, and Performance

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(p.105) Chapter 6 Movement at the Boundaries of Listening, Composition, and Performance
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Thresholds of Listening
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Jason Freeman

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823264377.003.0007

This chapter considers a number of compositional projects that thematize aural being-in-the-world (soundscapes) and the partaking of music (interactivity). It begins by citing examples of contemporary works that rethink the static, frontal positioning of listeners in traditional concert venues by allowing listeners to wander around the real space of the hall and to penetrate the performers' space, along with examples where real space and virtual spaces are layered over one another. It examines the importance of movement and navigation for understanding how listening has moved inside the musical work, now reconceived as a place where users, performers, and composers meet. The chapter also explores the interrelationships among composition, performance, and listening.

Keywords:   composition, soundscapes, music, interactivity, space, movement, navigation, listening, performance

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