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date: 26 June 2022

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Marcel Cobussen focuses on the connection between imagination and different forms of music listening, from “attentive listening” to various forms of “distracted listening.” He explores the idea that listening—as a creative act—is always linked to imagination. Cobussen deals with several music and sound art examples in the pursuit of this idea, and he outlines how imaginary processes function in different ways to “complete” the insufficient information brought to the listener by the senses. Cobussen devises the term “imagining-through-listening” to reconsider how imagination is tied to perception, and he closes with a personal story that outlines how listening is a process of oscillating between sonic reality and sonic imagination.

Keywords: listening, audible, inaudible, sound art, imagination, noise, MP3, Frank Zappa, Aaron Copland, The Blair Witch Project

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