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.