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By Peter Szendy, Charlotte Mandell

During this intimate meditation on listening, Peter Szendy examines what the function of the listener is, and has been, during the centuries. The position of the composer is obvious, as is the position 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 enable him to hear a person hearing music), and wonders if it is attainable in alternative ways to express to others how we ourselves take heed to track. How do we proportion our real 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 check varied debates on what we're and are not allowed to hear, and to witness the nice line among musical borrowing and outright plagiarism. eventually, he examines the new phenomenon of DJs and electronic compilations, and wonders how know-how has affected our behavior of listening and has replaced listening from a passive workout to an lively one, wherein one could bounce from song to trace or play in basic terms chosen pieces.

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