First : Listen – The Journal of Critical Listening through Music is an open-access web jour­nal con­cer­ned with current and emer­ging dis­cus­sions about music, sonic art, and creative practices concerned with sound. Close listening is engaged as the foundation of these pursuits, thereby ex­plo­ring the theo­re­ti­cal, aesthetic, and so­ci­al sta­kes wi­t­hin the­se discussions as well as critically engaging the dynamic music-creative activity of the 20th-21st Centuries.