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Acousmatic Sound. Separating Eye and Ear in Music History

Internal Workshop organized by Dr. Magdalena Zorn (CAS Junior Researcher in Residence/LMU) and Prof. Brian Kane, Ph.D. (Yale/CAS Fellow).


"Acousmatic" refers to the separation of audition from all other sensory modalities, and is often deployed in phenomenological contexts in order to disclose the "essence" of listening. Apart from that, there is a philosophical and material history of acousmatic sound from its supposed origins in the Pythagorean School, through the rise of mechanically reproduced sound and electronic composition, to contemporary discourses on the senses, sound, and composition. The workshop will investigate the question of whether there is an acousmatic sound beyond its phenomenological context and demonstrate its historical pertinence on musical and non-musical forms of listening.