ISSUE #4: How Musicians Think About Space

Music is inherently spatial. As it travels from a source to our ears, music is transformed by the air, the surrounding architecture and the shape of our own bodies. The distance between performer and listener is often taken for granted, reduced to a question of “good” or “bad” acoustics. But the musicians featured in this issue of Attention saw the physical gap between performer and listener as a site for musical invention. Through interviews, musical excerpts and acoustical examples, How Musicians Think About Space illuminates the hidden role of space in the imagination of composers, performers and producers from across the spectrum of Western art music.