Sound Culture

Schools of Public Engagement: Media Studies

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Sound Culture

Fall 2019

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: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Enrollment Status: Open*

*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: 4:20am 10/20/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: TBD

Times: TBD

Building: Online Course

Room: TBD

Date Range: 8/26/2019 - 12/15/2019