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Re: music listening styles
In film theory, there is, for instance, 'causal listening', 'semantic
listening', and 'reduced listening', which Michel Chion  developed
from Pierre Schaeffer's theory of acousmatic sound. The first refers
to listening for a sound source, the second as listening to
language-like sounds meaning and the third as a reflective stepping
back. Reading philosophy of sound (e.g.[2, 3]), one can find that the
question of "what is sound?" is answered in ways that correlate to
possible modes of listening (proximal, medial, distal and aspatial
theories, for instance). In my view, listening styles are bound to
implicit assumptions about what one listens to. In music, this can be
 Chion, Michel (1994). Audio-Vision. Columbia University Press.
 O'Shaughnessy, B. (1957). The Location of Sound, Mind, 66, 471-90.