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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Media Studies
Course Number: NMDS 5563
Course Format: Studio
Permission Required: No
In this course students explore the process and possibilities of experimental sound making across media. We begin by critically exploring work by noise musicians and radio sculptors; performance screamers and barely audible sound "swallowers"; and emanations from emergent mediated spaces including sonic social networks and sound maps. Students are then invited to engage in their own audio experiments, playing with form, content, and media vehicles, and, in the process, possibly upending the conventions of broadcasting, gallery spaces (physical and virtual), urban landscapes, Internet sites, movie theaters, and performance halls. Students complete three short productions to "test their ears" before completing final compositions; through this process we both work individually and engage critically with one another's projects in regular workshop-critiques.
The class is designed for those with basic audio production skills and access to tools (on-site at New School labs or via their own computer/audio set-up). Students should have a preliminary plan for an audio-centric project before starting the class, but be open to stylistic and formal experimentation. Prerequisites: Media Practices: Time-based or relevant experience (e.g., digital editing experience or audio/radio production) or instructor permission. Students should have access to recording and editing/mixing tools. Contact instructor for more information.
Open to New School Public Engagement students.
Open to Graduate students.