Sound Experiments

Schools of Public Engagement: Media

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Graduate Course
Degree Students
Radio Experiments
Spring 2024
Taught By: Joan Schuman
Section: A

CRN: 14314

Credits: 3

Students explore the process and possibilities of experimental sound-making with a distinct ear towards radio-centered 'broadcast' realms. By critically exploring work by sound-rich storytellers as well as emergent mediated spaces, students engage in their own experiments. We investigate form, content and media vehicles, and, in the process, consider the conventions of transmission artistry, broadcasting and podcasting (ongoing, episodic and discrete programming). Using the same content (one or several interviews), students produce three short finished pieces to discern how the material sounds as documentary, impressionist narrative and audio artistry/fiction. These short productions expand towards the final "capstone" project and must demonstrate mastery of narrative and production skills. Students finish the term with three polished short works and one longer narrative production eligible for presentation across various media platforms. By exploring the same content/material in various genres, students are better able to discern what the story warrants. Is documentary the best vehicle or are there possibilities of weaving fictional strands or impressionist elements into the mix? Students are expected to work individually and engage in numerous workshop critiques on all projects. Discussions around radio construction invite engagement into the numerous relationships within radiophonic media, including terrestrial, streaming, independent podcasts, and lo-fi renegade radio. The class is designed for those with basic audio production skills and access to tools (on-site at The New School labs or via their own computer/audio set-up).

Pre-Requisitie: Media Design (NMDS 5008) or instructor permission.
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 (MED)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Modality: Online - Asynchronous

Max Enrollment: 15

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

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

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: 4:22am EDT 6/20/2024

Meeting Info:
Building: Online Course
Room: 999
Date Range: 1/22/2024 - 5/15/2024