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course schedule

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 Sound Art

9/7 + 9/9
Week 1~ Introductions and Course Overview
listening ~ hearing ~ sound
spatial explorations
Readings: What is Sound Art?

~ IN ~
9/14 + 9/16
Week 2 ~ Site and Sound
One minute sound sketches
Site-Sound project sketches
reading and discussion :: What is Sound Art?

9/21 + 9/23
Week 3 ~ Acoustic Ecology/World Soundscape Project
reading and discussion :: The Art of Noises
Field recordings & Experiments with found sound / local noise

9/28 + 9/30
Week 4 ~ Sound Maps
Sound Map / Sonification
Site Sound Sketches and explorations

Spark Festival participation

10/5 + 10/7
Week 5 ~ *Site Sound Presentations*
Spark Festival reflections


10/12 + 10/14
Week 6 ~ Embodied Sound
Embodied Sound discussion
DIY - Piezos, mics, mini-amp
contact recordings & Sound Sketches

10/19 + 10/21
Week 7 ~ Embodied Sound
continued explorations of embodied sound
binaural mics, contact mic
Guest Artist: Jonathan Kaiser
Studio time

10/26 + 10/28
Week 8 ~ Embodied Sound continued
Interactive Sound
Experimental sound instruments

11/2 + 11/4
Week 9 ~ Circuit-Bending
Sound Sketch presentations
& Sound Artist Presentations
Present "Embodied Sound" Project Concept

11/9 + 11/11
Week 10 ~ Embodied Sound Projects
& Sound Artist Presentations

11/16 + 11/18
Week 11 ~ *Embodied Sound Presentations*
Independent Project introduction
Sound Artist Presentations

~OUT ~

11/23 + holiday
Week 12 ~ Transmission Art
& Sound Artist Presentations
Independent Project sketches - discussion

11/30 + 12/2
Week 13 ~ Transmission Art continued
Independent Project updates and studio time continued

12/7 + 12/9
Week 14 ~ Independent Project studio time

12/14 + 12/16
Week 15 ~ *Independent Project Presentations*
Independent Project studio time
*Independent Project Presentations* 12/16
Week 16 ~ * Independent Project Presentations*
* Independent Project Presentations* 12/21

Overview of Evaluation:

20% participation in class and via the blog
10% artist presentation and tech tutorial
10% sound sketches
10% Site Sound
20% Embodied Sound
30% Independent Project

course description

Sound Art shapes aesthetic space and time. It is an interdisciplinary media genre that relates 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 the artistic process of realizing your individual and collaborative ideas with sound.

We will take an experimental approach to this hybrid form of contemporary art. The experience of listening as well as 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 creating your artistic language with sound. Selected readings, responses, and discussions will broaden and deepen your understanding of the emergence and practice of this hybrid form of contemporary art. The content of this course evolves according to the interests of the participating students. The collective endeavors of this semester-long investigation will be documented and archived on the course blog through the active participation of all students.

You can get a sense of related interests and the diversity of sound work made by students from past semesters here.