January 28, 2009


Syllabus: Sketch

This syllabus is a guide. It will help to give you a sense of the pace of the course, with the due dates for each of the major, student –generated, course components. Essential readings, examples of sound art and technical resources will be introduced weekly. My expectations for you are high. When possible, I will respond to student interests in an improvisational manner and shape the course accordingly. I will, periodically, add readings, technical tips and conceptual frameworks to cultivate the inquiry and creative work that I expect from all students.

The specifics of the related artistic, intellectual, and technical resources will be posted online. It will be your responsibility to check regularly to learn about upcoming events and available resources.

ARTS 3605 / ARTS 5650 Sound Art

Week 1~ Introductions and Course Overview
Readings: What is Sound Art?

~ IN ~

Week 2 ~ Site and Sound
Share one minute sound sketches re: 1/20/2009
Sound explorations
The Art of Noises Luigi Russolo
Gather sounds for site-sound sketch

Week 3 ~ Acoustic Ecology/World Soundscape Project
Discuss Readings :: What is Sound Art? and The Art of Noises
Field recordings
Share 1 minute site-sound sketch
Experiment with found sound / local noise

Week 4 ~ Sound Maps
Share 1 minute remixes of class archive of site sounds
Sound Artist Presentations

Week 5 ~ Spark Festival
Spark Festival
Sound Studio time

UK sound artist Ray Lee @ the Walker

Week 6 ~ *Site Sound Presentations*


Week 7 ~ Embodied Sounds
Guest Artist: Bert Fraher
DIY - Piezos and mini-amp
Sound Artist Presentations

Week 8 ~ Interactive Sound
Experimental and Media Arts exhibition visit
Introducing the Arduino
Sound Sketch presentations
Sound Artist Presentations

~ 3/17 ~ Spring Break ~ no class ~

Week 9 ~ Circuit-Bending
Sound Artist Presentations
Present "Embodied Sound" Project Concept

Week 10 ~ Embodied Sound Projects
Sound Artist Presentations
Replay ~ presenting work to date

~OUT ~

Week 11 ~ *Embodied Sound Presentations*

Week 12 ~ Transmission Art
Sound Artist Presentations
Independent Project sketches - discussion

Week 13 ~ Transmission Art continued
Sound Artist Presentations
Independent Project proposals continued

Week 14 ~ Independent Project studio time

Week 15 ~ *Independent Project Presentations*

Week 16 ~ *Independent Project Presentations*

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January 27, 2009


Required Text: Sound Art: Beyond Music, Between Categories by Alan Licht

Required materials: headphones with 1/8" inch connection.

Optional materials: jump drive of at least 512MB will be helpful

January 21, 2009

Sound Art : Beyond Music, Between Categories

Alan Licht's Sound Art : Beyond Music, Between Categories will be the required text for the semester.

January 20, 2009

Sound Art

Sound Art shapes aesthetic space and time. It is a new media genre that relates to the visual arts and music but is neither music nor visual art. We will investigate the powerful capacity of sound to shift our perception through the experience of listening and the process of producing sound art. A range of creative explorations and technologies will be introduced to engage you in an artistic process of realizing your individual and collaborative ideas with sound.

You and all of the students will be asked to contribute to an evolving database of community resources and personal inspirations. The experience of listening, a series of sonic explorations and sound sketches, an artist presentation, two sound art projects and one independent project will provide opportunities for you to develop basic fluency with the process of developing your artistic language with sound. A series of readings, responses, and discussions will broaden and deepen our understanding of the emergence and evolving scope of Sound Art.

The collective endeavors of this semester-long investigation will be documented and archived on the course blog through the active participation of all students.

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