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Introduction

Authored by: Barry Truax

The Routledge Companion to Sounding Art

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  July  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138780613
eBook ISBN: 9781315770567
Adobe ISBN: 9781317672777

10.4324/9781315770567.p3_intro

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Abstract

Listening and memory are clearly intertwined, and highly dependent on each other, but do we really understand the nature of that interaction, apart from the obviousness of it in our own everyday listening? Much of what we listen to—and even more of what we don’t listen to—is like what we’ve heard before, at least generally if not quite specifically. In fact, after more than a century of hearing reasonably exact reproductions of sounds, and experiencing mediated “playlists” on a daily basis, one might argue that our socially constructed listening habits have evolved from acoustic difference towards electroacoustic similarity.

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