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Reduced Listening

(originally Écoute Réduite) In Schaefferian theory, reduced listening is the attitude which consists in listening to the sound for its own sake, as a sound object by removing its real or supposed source and the meaning it may convey. More precisely, it is the inversion of this twofold curiosity about causes and meaning (which treats sound as an intermediary allowing us to pursue other objects) in order to turn it back on to the sound itself. In reduced listening our listening intention targets the event, which the sound object is itself (and not to which it refers) and the values which it carries in itself (and not the ones it suggests). [Chion 1883, EARS]