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Introduction: Lend Me Your Ears! Sound and Reception

Introduction: Lend Me Your Ears! Sound and Reception introduction Lend Me Your Ears! Sound and Reception WHILE I WAS VISITING Ohio University in the summer of 1975, a professor in the communications department broadcast an announcement on WOUB, the university radio station: Any kid who showed up on a specific corner in downtown Athens that coming Saturday at noon with a portable radio would get a free Big Mac. When the boys and girls showed up, a graduate student dressed as a drum major instructed them to tune their radios to the college station, where the DJ was playing records of marching band music. The grad student then led the kids, radios blaring, down the same route that had been used for the Memorial Day parade a few weeks earlier. At the end of the route they found themselves standing in front of the entrance to the local McDonald’s, where lunch was waiting. Sometimes art arises without artistic intent. The AllTransistor Marching Band had been designed as a class project in radio advertising. The professor seemed puzzled when I praised it as music. “But they weren’t playing anything, they were just listening!” As a student of Alvin Lucier, I had spent the previous three years immersed http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Leonardo Music Journal MIT Press

Introduction: Lend Me Your Ears! Sound and Reception

Leonardo Music Journal , Volume December 2016 (26) – Dec 1, 2016

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Publisher
MIT Press
Copyright
©2016 ISAST
Subject
Introduction
ISSN
0961-1215
eISSN
1531-4812
DOI
10.1162/LMJ_e_00956
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introduction Lend Me Your Ears! Sound and Reception WHILE I WAS VISITING Ohio University in the summer of 1975, a professor in the communications department broadcast an announcement on WOUB, the university radio station: Any kid who showed up on a specific corner in downtown Athens that coming Saturday at noon with a portable radio would get a free Big Mac. When the boys and girls showed up, a graduate student dressed as a drum major instructed them to tune their radios to the college station, where the DJ was playing records of marching band music. The grad student then led the kids, radios blaring, down the same route that had been used for the Memorial Day parade a few weeks earlier. At the end of the route they found themselves standing in front of the entrance to the local McDonald’s, where lunch was waiting. Sometimes art arises without artistic intent. The AllTransistor Marching Band had been designed as a class project in radio advertising. The professor seemed puzzled when I praised it as music. “But they weren’t playing anything, they were just listening!” As a student of Alvin Lucier, I had spent the previous three years immersed

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Leonardo Music JournalMIT Press

Published: Dec 1, 2016

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