Topics in American Music: Sound Art (Music 202-02, 4 Credits)
Class Meetings: Mondays 7 p.m. to 10:20 p.m.
In this interdisciplinary studio class we will investigate the world through its sounds, exploring the unique opportunities and challenges that this “immaterial material” affords. From musique concrète to investigations of the boundaries between noise, silence, and music, we will explore how diverse historical movements and moments have shaped the relatively new and necessarily broad contemporary field described as ‘sound art’. As listeners, we will develop the requisite vocabulary to critically engage with sound in a variety of contexts. This will include terminology gleaned from the study of acoustics and psychoacoustics, as well as listening modes and soundscape studies. As artists, we will explore the unique ways in which sound communicates, defines spaces, shapes memories and creates connections between people, places and objects. We will work out in the field and back in the studio, learning the technologies, creative processes, and critical skills we need to meet the needs of your artistic vision.