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Changed Hearing: Learning to Listen in Sound-Saturated Tokyo

February 23, 2009 - 12:00pm
Philippines Conference Room, Encina Hall, 3rd Floor.
This talk examines the linkages between Tokyo's dense soundscape with the emergence of new modes of listening in Tokyo's avant-garde music community, focusing specifically on onky, a minimal form of music that demands a heightened sense of hearing. Plourde explores the notion that one's sense of hearing has changed as a result of listening to onkyo. Onky performance venues allow outside sounds to penetrate the space and become part of the performance such that many listeners believe that they now hear everyday sounds in a radically different way. By focusing on the co-constitutive nature of live performance sounds with that of the aural landscape, this talk complicates characterizations of Tokyo residents as unable to resist such aural noise.
Open to the public.
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Sponsored by the Stanford Society of Fellows in Japanese Studies and the Center for East Asian Studies
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