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Ubiquitous Listening"Affect, Attention, and Distributed Subjectivity"$
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Anahid Kassabian

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520275157

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520275157.001.0001

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Ubiquitous Listening: Some Conclusions and Beginnings

(p.109) Conclusion
Ubiquitous Listening

Anahid Kassabian

University of California Press

In the conclusion, I review the central arguments of the chapters, as well as of the book in general. I focus in particular on several issues: that subjectivity is nonindividual, nonhuman, and aurally constituted, and that it aggregates in a range of flows that are best described as distributed; that music scholarship across fields and disciplines has presumed that listening is attentive, and, therefore, a whole-cloth rethinking of how we study music is in order; that since subjectivity is both distributed and predicated on listening, a whole-cloth rethinking of theories of subjectivities is in order. The fundamental argument (of both the conclusion and the book as a whole) is this: distributed subjectivities are the processes set in motion by the affects that listening to ubiquitous (and other) sounds and musics, with varying kinds and degrees of attention, evokes.

Keywords:   affect, attention, distributed subjectivity, listening, the senses, ubiquitous music, ubiquitous musics, reception, speculative theory

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