Sound and Social Movements

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Sound and Social Movements

Fall 2021

Taught By: Victor Peterson

Section: A

CRN: 11182

Credits: 4

How do sound and music reflect the sentiments of a time and the modes in which people inhabit the world? In this course, students will investigate the ways in which music supplies a framework for organizing social relationships and the ways in which sounds can be transformed into expressive compositions. From work songs and spirituals to sounds of outright protest, innovations in sound and music-making can be seen as crucial elements articulating social movements as well as posing challenges to the status quo. Throughout the semester, we will model the relationships between sound and social movements in specific cases such as Motown and the uprisings in Detroit, Watts, Harlem, and Newark, The Rebel Generation and its music in the UK, as well as the "discordant but coordinated noise-making practices" that accompanied marches from Chile to China. We will also look at the encoding of sociocultural and political histories in folk and indigenous musics, the role of sound and music in "Black is Beautiful" movements in the US and continental Africa, the sound of festivals in the Caribbean and Brazil, and the rise of Niaja and Zam-rock in postwar Zambia and Nigeria. For their final projects, students will create a soundtrack to our current moment. The liner notes of this album will provide an analysis of each song’s capacity to mobilize a mood in which listeners are inspired to actualize the sentiment captured by those songs.TBA

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* 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: 12:09pm 10/17/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 002

Date Range: 8/31/2021 - 12/16/2021