The Illusion of Pure Music

Abtan, Freida. 2010. The Illusion of Pure Music. Intransitive Web Magazine, [Article]

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The Illusion of Pure Music is a short autobiographical reflection examining the experience of listening to music. Real world conditions mean that sound is always modified by space, memory, and context. To our senses, broadcast music is simply part of a sonic landscape where it co-exists with other sounds in the environment. The author suggests strategies for listening that incorporate these intersections into musical experience.

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Music > Unit for Sound Practice Research


19 August 2010Published
1 June 2010Accepted

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15 Dec 2015 16:05

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29 Apr 2020 17:03

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