* 2020 stock * Acousmatic events dispense with performers. There are no musicians, even at public concerts. The audience is able to follow what is emanating from the loudspeakers with eyes closed and still not miss anything. What it hears is composed, and demands the same attention as any other kind of music listened to on a stereo system or via headphones. It is worth remarking this fact because so many people are no longer able to hear things without seeing something as well in video clips or other forms of visuals.
The dominance of the visual means music can even be pushed completely out of their perception. Acousmatic situations are one-sided, because they challenge the imagination of the listener. Listeners do not need any prior musical education to perceive the transformations of sound that are possible in electro-acoustic music and that are an inherent feature of acousmatic compositions. What they hear is immediate and direct.
This should be borne in mind when entering upon the adventure of listening. - Bernd Leukert