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By 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 position of the composer is apparent, as is the function of the musician, yet the place precisely does the listener stand on the subject of the song 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 permit him to hear somebody 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 best way, he examines the evolution of copyright legislation as utilized to musical works and takes us into the court docket to check diversified debates on what we're and are not allowed to hear, and to witness the fantastic line among musical borrowing and outright plagiarism. ultimately, he examines the new phenomenon of DJs and electronic compilations, and wonders how know-how has affected our conduct of listening and has replaced listening from a passive workout to an lively one, wherein you will bounce from tune to trace or play purely chosen pieces.

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