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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 5199
Course Format: Seminar
Permission Required: No
While sounds have been explored by both listeners and au(di)teurs for as long as humans have been using their ears, it is only within the last 130 years that mediated technologies have permitted artists to produce work that leaves an archival, sonic trace. In this course, students gain a foundation of how sound has entered the artistic landscape historically as well as by contemporary artists who "ensound" media for presenting audio-based creative work across numerous genres. These may include: site-specific, gallery and public loudspeaker installations; radio and podcasting; Web-based installations and performances; international sound-art festivals; darkened-space cinematic airings; LP/CD anthologizing; online sound maps and social networking; and sound walks via portable technologies (cell phones, WiFi networks, GPS tracking). Understanding the historical-contemporary contexts of sound art, soundscapes, acoustic ecology and the noise-silence continuum allows students to question their own individual relationship to sound as a mode of communication, its use in creative productions, social networking/mapping projects exploring the sound environment and scholarly work around sound culture, aesthetics and theory. All students conduct basic recording and listening exercises alongside academic research and critical explorations of both the historical and contemporary sound art geography. The class culminates in contributions to sound culture discourse via a curating project.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Open to Graduate students.