Sounding Self: Vocality, Identity, and Performance

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Sounding Self: Vocality

Spring 2022

Taught By: Nick Hallett

Section: AX

CRN: 11935

Credits: 4

Primarily but not exclusively focused on music, this seminar appraises the voice as an instrument of communication, song, gender expression, desire, ancestry, politics, spirit, and variance. Our inquiry begins with the acoustics and biomechanics of the human larynx, and continues towards the development of feedback and audition tools that enable us to listen more closely to ourselves and others. Students will design their own theoretical and applied frameworks for vocal practice through a combination of written and creative exercises which culminate in two projects of research and/or performance documentation. Topics include opera and gospel musics as sites of queerness, ASL interpretation, speech synthesis, and disembodied sound. Case studies of unique artists who push the boundaries of vocalism are considered within metaphors of “finding one’s voice” that engage both the pedagogical and proverbial. 

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

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: 6:26pm 6/29/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 7:00pm - 9:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 050

Date Range: 1/24/2022 - 5/16/2022