Welcome To The Listening Blog!

Posted by AJ Harbison at 9:30 pm

Thanks for checking out The Listening Blog! In an effort to improve my own listening and analytical skills, my composition, and my musical writing, as well as share my insights with the world, I post frequently on this blog about what I hear: the music and sounds that my composer’s ear picks up from the Southern Californian sound-world around me. This includes (but is certainly not limited to):

• Movie/film scores
• CDs I’m listening to
• Stuff on my iPod
• Muzak in elevators
• Classical, popular, vocal, choral, instrumental, theatre, and film music
• The pitches of a phone ringing (not a ringtone, just a normal telephone
• Strange things I notice like other annoying sounds I hear as pitches
• . . . and many more!

You’ll find reviews, analysis, observations, criticisms, praise and undoubtedly lots of random comments here. Feel free to subscribe to this blog using the RSS reader and email links in the sidebar, and spread the word to any other composers, musicians or curious listeners you know who may be interested. And if you’d like please check out my music website at http://www.ajharbison.com.

And until next time, happy listening!

“To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also.” – Igor Stravinsky



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    Nicole on 05.27.2008

    Hey Cuz! Congrats on your new blog, looks like it will be an exciting new foray into the world of listening :) Looking forward to your first review/random thoughts
    <3 Nicole

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    Mike Morabito on 05.27.2008

    This is awesome! Follow your dreams, bro.

    I hope this gets a cult following. Let me know if there is any way I can help you get there.

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    Narisilme on 05.28.2008

    I think this is going to challenge me to listen more closely. I love being an observer of this world.

    It would be really neat if you went around and recorded some sounds with a microphone–then you could be like someone I know who did that for a school project. She got some weird looks but enjoyed every minute of it.

    I’m looking forward to your insight.

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    Anonymous on 05.28.2008


    Another Blog! How do you keep up with all of them. I am excited about this one and interested to hear your thoughts regarding the music of our world. I will be checking back.

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    Anonymous on 05.29.2008

    wow… and I thought i had a lot of time on my hands =)
    nice blog!

    JEff <><

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    Jessica on 09.17.2008

    you should really link the wikipedia link for Musak.

    the article is soooo funny


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