Sound Culture

Schools of Public Engagement: Media Studies

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Graduate Course
Degree Students
Sound Culture
Fall 2022
Taught By: Joan Schuman
Section: A

CRN: 3879

Credits: 3

While sounds have been explored by both listeners and au(di)teurs for millennia, it is only within the last 130 years that mediated technologies - ”the phone in 1876, the phonograph in 1877, popular radio broadcasting in the 1920s” - have permitted artists to produce work that leaves an archival, sonic trace. In this course, students gain a foundation of how sound has entered the artistic landscape by exploring contemporary artists who ensound (as one envisions) media for presenting audio-based creative work across numerous genres. These include: gallery and site-specific installations; radio artistry via terrestrial and online broadcasting; Web-based performances; international sound-art festivals; darkened-space cinematic airings; LP/CD anthologizing; and sound walks via new technologies (cell phones, WiFi networks, GPS tracking). Understanding the historical-contemporary contexts of sounded production (from Dadaist experiments to Burroughs cut-up artists to tape-art mailers to radio pirates to podcasters to mobile phone artists) allows students to question their relationship to sound as a mode of communication in either creative productions or research-based work. This is an academic seminar with production options if students have the skills, equipment and desire to approach sonic artistry as practitioners. All students conduct non-production-oriented sound walks; deep listening exercises; sound scavenging forays; and numerous eavesdropping assignments alongside academic research and critical explorations of both the historical and contemporary sound art geography. The class culminates in contributions to sound culture discourse either in scholarship or production projects.

Media Studies courses are open to all graduate students. Undergraduate Juniors and Seniors with permission from the instructor and BA/MA Media studies students should email mediastudiesadvising@newschool.edu for access.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Media Studies (NMDS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: Online - Asynchronous

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

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: 12:26pm EST 2/7/2023

Meeting Info:
Building: Online Course
Room: 999
Date Range: 8/29/2022 - 12/18/2022