Phenomenology of (Listening to) Music - Listening Session

How do we listen to music?  Let's actually listen to some and see.

In this meeting we will briefly introduce phenomenology, but work out the details by actually "doing it."  To help us we will be listening to music, and have a chance to write/share the manner in which we listen to music of various genres.

The goal of our phenomenological activity will be to try to get at the various habits we fall into when listening to music (and maybe listening at all).  How is listening to music organized? Does this change between genres?  How are we changed or organized around the events of (or in) music? There are nearly endless possibilities here, and the large challenge of overcoming ourselves.

We will try to avoid judging the manner in which each of us listens to music, and rather attend to the exceedingly more difficult task of understanding.  No habits will be ranked above any others, and people with musical backgrounds, while being very helpful, may expect to face the greatest difficulties in facing their habits.

Suggest some things you may be interested in hearing in the meetup comments!


After a while, we'll just start having a general listening session and order some food. :D

(Please note the start time for the meetup! 5:30 p.m.)

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  • Chad B.

    I was just reminded of this. I don't think this is the "saddest song in the world" (its despair hasn't turned into nihilism yet), but it gets high marks for pure pathos. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAbmfVzPHFg

    1 · March 3, 2013

  • Erik C.

    Something to think about:

    I've been listening to basically two things for a while now, Mozart and mashups. Concerning mashups, I have found it completely fascinating how my attitudes to parts of music can be reoriented when a new element is brought in, and even when I go back to the original versions I can see how there has been a change in terms of seeing different possibilities of holding the songs together, and maintaining my own attitude towards the music.

    If you're not sure what I mean by a mashup, here is an example:

    http://www.mashstix.com/music/(Mashstix.com)foundZeroLoveV3.mp3

    February 7, 2013

  • Katie B.

    wish I could be there...definately sounds like a treat!

    February 14, 2013

  • Peter R.

    Didn't realize I had previously committed to an event at the same time

    February 14, 2013

  • Martinez B.

    Can't go to this meetup but sounds super cool! I want details...:)

    1 · February 4, 2013

    • Jenny T.

      I feel the same way:)

      February 8, 2013

  • Aaron

    For those interested in music and the brain I'd highly recommend :

    Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, Revised and Expanded Edition
    By Oliver Sacks

    You can google him and see numerous lectures on YouTube which relate to this and other works. I won't bore y'all with his bio (easy to find) but he's a great writer and his subject matter is always interesting.

    February 6, 2013

  • Charlie

    Erik, this sounds really cool and I'll try to make it, but heres an idea: a sensory deprivation experience event and discussion?

    February 4, 2013

  • Michael H.

    Sounds great!

    February 4, 2013

  • London C.

    Eric, you're dad's Kurt Elling recordings are perfect listening for me. I know most of the rooms and his voice. It's different experience than listening to, say, Django Django's wonderful "Zumm Zumm." Django Django only exists for me as a rerding, without any sense of what it might sound like without digital intervention. Two different ways to experience tunage.

    February 4, 2013

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