Sounding Objects
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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 5538
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Sound
  • Media Studies
This course introduces a range of possibilities for producing and interacting with sound beyond traditional media for audio distribution. Students will work hands-on in constructing physical objects and dynamic situations for creating and listening to sound. Using a range of hardware and software, students engage in hacking and designing circuits, sensors, and interactive environments. The course includes an overview of basic physical computing skills, the arduino interface, and electro-acoustics. Technical learning is accompanied by related theoretical readings on sound art, hardware hacking, and interactive media theories, and an overview of relevant recent artworks, artists, and institutions examining these areas of technology and sound production. We study works produced by Alvin Lucier, Paul DeMarinis, Christina Kubisch, Laetitia Sonami, Max Neuhaus, Preemptive Media, Eyebeam, and free 103point9, among others. Students learn to think critically and creatively about the way in which sound can be generated, embodied, and presented in time and space. They explore the relationships between sound, the objects that produce it, and the listening dynamics surrounding these objects and their acoustic and social spaces.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Class open to graduate students only.


Open to Graduate students.