This course explores perspectives on what it means to "know how" to listen to music. While oriented around the classic music-theoretical problem of how to account for aesthetic experiences of music, the seminar will work through a range of influential analyses of "audile techniques" (Sterne), "techniques of the body" (Mauss), "techniques of the self" (Foucault), "techniques of the observer" (Crary), as well as "cultural techniques" (Siegert), and related work. Asking about musical listening as technique will involve keeping the theme of techne alive as a matter of both skill, art or know-how, and also technological conditions. The seminar wagers that music theory may stand in a mutually enriching relationship with other forms of theory, and hence welcomes both specialists and non-specialists in the subdiscipline.
Seminar in Music Theory: Techniques of the Listener