Tinnitus, musical listening and musical labour - Music Research Colloquia

A presentation by Marie Thompson, The Open University.


This talk examines the complex intersection of tinnitus, musical listening, and musical labour.

Beginning with Carl Craig’s sound installation Party/After Party, I identify an apparent tension between recent attempts to acknowledge ‘auraldiversity’, and the disablements caused by musical listening as labour.

Tinnitus requires us to address this tension: it reveals the capacity for harm embedded in musical labour, while also highlighting the need to rethink music’s ‘normate’ listener.

About Marie Thompson

Marie Thompson is a Senior Lecturer in Popular Music at the Open University, UK.

She is the author of Beyond Unwanted Sound: Noise, Affect and Aesthetic Moralism (Bloomsbury, 2017) and the Primary Investigator of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Project, Tinnitus, Auditory Knowledge and the Arts.

Marie is also the co-founder (with Annie Goh) of Sonic Cyberfeminisms, an ongoing critical and creative project concerning gender, sound and technology.  

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Join in person in Music LT2 or online via Zoom at the scheduled time.

This event is part of the 2023-24 School of Music Research Colloquia.