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Sound Arts History and Literature (SNDA 1360)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course examines the evolution of sound and technology. You will gain an understanding of key developments and their driving forces through listening, analysis, and discussion of historically significant sound work. Works drawn from music, cinema, sound design, and interdisciplinary artwork will be explored. You will trace the developments and relationships between these sound works, artists, collaborators, technology, and the wider culture. You will also greatly expand your listening experience, as well as your analysis and critique skills.

Topical Outline:
1. Development of electronic music’s pre-cursors
2. Sound recording as capture and cultural archive
3. Sound recording as a creative tool (Musique Concreté to multitrack tape composition)
4. Synthesizers through the ages (early electronic instruments through software synthesis)
5. New artistic questions in the digital world
6. Other aesthetics relevant to understanding electronic music (Romanticism, Minimalism, Serialism, etc.)

Learning Outcomes:
1. Relate to how sound tools and works have impacted their associated industries and connect with 20th-21st Century society in general
2. Analyze a wide range of significant sound works (musical and non-musical)– on the work’s own terms– by developing non-judgmental, analytical listening skills
3. Analyze the varied practical uses of topics studied in other Sound Arts courses
4. Integrate historically significant figures and works into the their personal experience; thereby allowing the pattern of exposure, influence, and (later) new creation to continue

Prerequisites:  SNDA 1310 and MUSC 1150