How do we listen?

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-49
Number of pages7
Journal / PublicationEmille, the Journal of the Korean Electro-Acoustic Music Society
Publication statusPublished - 28 Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes


TitleKorean Electro-Acoustic Music Society's Annual Conference 2018 (KEAMSAC 2018)
LocationSeoul Arts Center
PlaceKorea, Republic of
Period28 - 30 September 2018


As I close my door and walk down the stairs, the motor- driven lock mechanism heralds a sequence of percussive me- tallic clicks, in counterpoint with my creaking shoes and, through their door, laughter from the neighbor’s child. I’m in a space with stone floor and concrete walls. I stop, hold my breath, and wait for the reverberation tails of all three sounds to fade out. Silence is relative, and my attention is seamlessly drawn sounds from the outside: cars, birds, rus- tling leaves. I’m late.
In what ways do we listen to the soundscape? How do our concurrent activities, moods, and abilities determine the listening mode? What is it that allows us to experience ar- bitrary sounds in an everyday environment as elements in a musical composition?

Research Area(s)

  • soundscape, perception, Auditory attention, environment