Sound in Time
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
Department: Performance
Course Number: JPER 4612
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This a hybrid course, exploring the components of sound and the diverse parameters of timbre as an organizing musical principle, to create, combine, and transform sound in composition and performance. Our investigations focus on: the numeric implications of the harmonic series as an organized approach towards tuning systems, intervals, harmony, and temporal organization including polyrhythm and groove, how dynamic envelopes affect timbre textures, differentiating between discrete/diffuse timbres, and examining attack/sustain/decay for all instruments and voice. Each student will create a personal lexicon that includes extended techniques, metaphors, and extra-musical inspiration and will create “tailor-made” improvisational scores for members of the class. There will be a final performance of these compositions at the end of the semester. This class is for the student who is interested in exploring new pathways of composing, performing and improvising. The class is open to both Jazz and Mannes students.
Course Open to: Majors Only


Open to Lang/Jazz BA/BFA students.

Open to School of Jazz & Contemp Music students.


Open to Undergraduate students.