Sound Bytes

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Sound Bytes
Spring 2024
Taught By: Duncan Figurski
Section: A

CRN: 13892

Credits: 4

What can you do with a few seconds of sound? “You Suffer” by Napalm Death is the shortest recorded song; Brian Eno’s start-up sound for Windows 95 and the five-note McDonald’s jingle are short sonic logos that combine compositional conciseness with visual graphics and industrial psychology. This course explores how visual-sonic bursts can elicit distinct emotional responses with the use of limited stimulus. The first third of the course focuses on short-form composition, the second third investigates short-form animation and graphic design, and the final third studies the effectiveness of these audiovisual combinations and memes in advertising and social media. Students will create original work using Ableton, Blender, and other programs after completing the necessary technical tutorials on their own time outside of class; class sessions are devoted to seminar discussion, presentation, and critique of works composed in terms of seconds instead of minutes. Prerequisite: LMUS 2053 Sound and Technology, or permission of the instructor.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (ART)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 12:40pm EST 2/23/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm
Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th
Room: 050
Date Range: 1/23/2024 - 5/9/2024