Sonic Media: Music, Noise, and the Moving-Image
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PLVS 3014
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Sound Design
  • Visual Culture
  • Film
This course will approach key debates in the emerging field of sound studies. Beginning with the declarations of the death of cinema that coincided with the first talkies, we will trace the tensions between sound and image that have remained central in critical writing about audiovisual media. Course sessions will include work on film accompaniment in the “silent” era, film scoring, musical films, film soundtracks, music videos, and experimental sound and video art. A significant portion of the course will be devoted to developments in digital technology, and their impact on media soundscapes, from blockbuster films to video games and installation art. Across these diverse media, we will return to several central questions: how can sound serve to reinforce, or to disrupt, regimes of audiovisual representation? Does attention to sound complicate theories of spectatorship and corporeality in cinema? Toward what political ends do artists deploy sound, music, and noise? Pathways: Visual Studies
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture.


Open to Undergraduate students.