Urban Soundscapes
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Media Studies
Course Number: NMDS 5159
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Media Studies
  • Sound
In this seminar we will examine the city as a sonic environment. We will listen to the history of the sonic city by exploring the impact of early audio technologies and other sound-making devices on urban form and urban experience, and by imaginatively recreating the soundscapes of ancient and early modern cities around the globe. Then, turning an ear to the modern city, we will address such topics as urban music scenes and portable music devices; audio recorders, cell phones, and loudspeakers, and their impact on urban planning and experience; the politics of noise and silence; and sound art.
Course Open to: Majors Only


Open to Documentary Media Studies students.

Open to Media Studies students.

Open to Media Management students.

Open to Media Management students.