How To Listen?

Holger Schulze:
How To Listen?
A Workshop on Practices, Histories and Apparatuses of Listening


ZOOM / Humboldt Universität zu Berlin




Musik als Wissensmaschine. Experiment einer Hörenden Philosophie und Kulturwissenschaft (Konzeption: Raphael Börger, Christopher Klauke, Anne Delle, Juliana Heynen, Konstantin Parnian, Jonny Labrada Ramirez, Morris Wiench, Alexander Meurer)


Please register! (since the number of participants for workshops and listening sessions is limited)


How do we listen? How did listening practices change in the course of history? How did new apparatuses alter, develop and transform listening practices and experiences?

This one hour workshop will introduce to its participants a servies of core concepts of listening from the field of sound studies – including small listening exercises and reflections on their own listening practices.

When you join this workshop you have two tasks in advance: (a) read critically one of the texts mentioned below – and (b) bring one recent listening experience from your everyday life to the workshop.

Further reading

Chion, Michel (1994): “Modes of Listening”, in: Chion, Michel (1994): Audio-vision: sound on screen. Edited and translated by Claudia Gorbman, with a foreword by Walter Murch, New York: Columbia University Press,p. 25-34.

Johnson, James H. (1995): Listening in Paris: A Cultural History, University of California Press, p. 228-236, 270-280.

Kassabian, Anahid (2013): Ubiquitous Listening: Affect, Attention, and Distributed Subjectivity, University of Minnesota Press, p. 1-19.

Maus, Fred Everett (2013): Classical Concert Music and Queer Listening, in: Transposition 3 (2013) (online:

Nardi, Carlo (2016): “Critical Listening”, in: Papenburg, Jens Gerrit & Schulze, Holger, Sound as Popular Culture, MIT-Press, pp. 395-401.

Stockfelt, Ole (1997): „Adequate Modes of Listening”, in: Keeping Score: Music, Disciplinarity, Culture, edited by David Schwartz, Anahid Kassabian and Lawerence Siegel, Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, p. 129-146.

Truax, Barry (1984): “Listening-in-search and Listening-in-readiness”, in: Truax, B. (1984): Acoustic Communication, Norwood/NJ: Ablex Publishing Corporation, p.19-20.