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.