Skip to Content

Point of Audition

Karl Coulthard

Published: 2010-06-15

This article examines the reception of live versus recorded improvised music. There are virtually limitless perspectives from which one can experience a musical performance, and once recorded, reception is further influenced by continually developing electronic and digital modes of aural representation. Instead of privileging merely the most 'faithful' reproduction of an original improvised musical performance, this article suggests a larger aural context. It gives examples of recorded sound being used as a performative tool, and invites readers/listeners to 'actively experiment in mediating and transforming [his or her] auditory environment, in improvising [his or her] point of audition'.

Available Files

  • point_of_audition.pdf

    107 KB | application/pdf


Listening itself, an improvisative act engaged in by everyone, announces a practice of active engagement with the world, where we sift, interpret, store and forget, in parallel with action and fundamentally articulated with it ("Mobilitas Animi" 113).

– George E. Lewis