Sound Studies
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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 5255
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Sound
  • Media Studies
This course investigates sound through cross-disciplinary approaches, equipping students to critically examine and creatively explore the production and consumption of sound. Artifacts, habits, perception, memory and materials of the environment are considered as students sharpen analytical listening skills through literacy in acoustics and tuning systems, perception and aural cognition, sonification research and diagnostics, audiovisual practices, contemporary music composition and performance space, economies of silence, notation and mapping. Drawing from our local sound in New York City, students will work with the recent concept of sonic effect, developed by Cresson founder Jean-Franois Augoyard and Henry Torgue, to analyze the experience of sounds in an architectural context. The seminar includes visits to installations, archives and collections, performances and exhibitions. Each student will present a final research project that examines indicators of larger patterns and proposes a vision for our future soundscape. This course is intended to familiarize students with key works that have contributed to our understanding of sound and to provide the vocabulary and listening and assessment skills upon which other seminars in the Sound Studies focus area are founded.
Course Open to: Degree Students


Open to Graduate students.