Monochords to Autotune: Histories of Music Technology

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Monochords to Autotune

Spring 2021

Taught By: Clara Latham

Section: A

CRN: 7573

Credits: 4

This course surveys the relationship between music and technology from the Middle Ages to the present day. We will examine the relationship between musical instruments and the people who use them. What are the connections between musical style and technological developments? Why are particular instruments accepted, while others are modified or abandoned? We will consider such forces as standardization, commodification, institutionalization, experimentation, hacker and DIY cultures. We will question whether or not music technologies are simply tools, or if they hold ethical values that connect to other aspects of cultural identity. By studying the socio-cultural history of instruments such as the violin, piano, electric guitar and synthesizer, we will gain an understanding of the interplay between technological change and the enduring human need for music.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 2:56am 8/8/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 002

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 5/6/2021