Apprehending Sound


Sound is not something self-sufficient and isolated within nature. It cannot be for itself. So regardless of whether it is audible or not, it is always coupled with a listening. The apprehension of sound is always articulated with the listening that corresponds to it, even if this listening is virtual. The reminiscence of sound, the evocation of a sonorous memory, always proceeds via the mobilization of a stance of re-listening. The convocation of sound invariably implies the presence, the possibility, of a listening. This coupling is not univocal, though; which means that we need to distinguish different ways in which listening can be used, different types of listening…