Thursday, September 29, 9:00 am — 10:30 am (Rm 402AB)
At McGill University an interdisciplinary seminar brought together scientific researchers as well as experts in many areas that consider “listening” as one of their fundamental activities. The course explored how learned auditory skills and fine discrimination constitute an essential requirement for the practice of various professions. While critical listening of music was the guiding motif, invited speakers lead the class in their exploration of “listening” as a main component in a variety of areas of human life, while recognizing connections. Topics include critical listening in music performance, sound recording and engineering, record production, music instrument making, as well as “listening” in psychoacoustics, perception and cognition, in the neurosciences, in education, psychiatry, media studies, urban planning, and in the preservation of oral tradition through story telling.