Sound Art: History & Practice

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Sound Art: History & Practice

Spring 2019

Taught By: Nick Hallett

Section: A

CRN: 7126

Credits: 4

This course looks at a broad range of approaches to implementing sound into a creative practice, through an historical survey of experimental music, time-based art, and live performance, with a focus on New York City’s role as incubator in the 20th and 21st centuries for what is now generally thought of as the field of Sound Art. Music’s discovery began with the visualization of sound, and its development traces human culture’s attempt to organize sound. The invention of recording technology in the 19th century generated different conversations about the role of sound within a modernizing world and its rapidly shifting aesthetic movements. The trajectory of these investigations up to the present day is what comprises the canonical work we will experience and examen. The goal of the course is to synthesize this historical inquiry into critical and creative methodologies for working with sound and visual media. Students will engage in projects that facilitate hands-on experience within a variety of relevant traditions—including Musique Concrète, Fluxus, and Deep Listening—in preparation for the completion of two original works of Sound Art. Students will keep a Sound Journal to document their creative process, respond to reading assignments, and make observations on their aural landscape.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*Enrollment 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: 10:51am 6/16/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 002

Date Range: 1/22/2019 - 5/9/2019