Course Schedule

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Syllabus: Sketch

This schedule 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. Following our initial class discussion I will develop the specifics of our course schedule based on class interests, prior knowledge and potential visits with guest artists. 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

9/6 + 9/8
Week 1~ Introductions and Course Overview
listening ~ hearing ~ sound
spatial explorations
Readings: What is Sound Art?


~ IN ~
9/13+ 9/15
Week 2 ~ Site and Sound
Field recordings & Experiments with found sound / local noise
Site-Sound project sketches



9/20 + 9/22
Week 3 ~ DIY Contact mics
Construct mics and small amplifiers
Continued field recordings & experiments with found sound

9/27 + 9/29
Week 4 ~ Initial project proposal for Site Sound
Acoustic Ecology/World Soundscape Project
Sound Map / Sonification



10/4+ 10/6
Week 5 ~ Update re: Site Sound project in process
Studio time for Site Sound project

~ IN BETWEEN ~

10/11 + 10/13
Week 6 ~ *Site Sound Project Presentations* • Tuesday 10/11
*Site Sound Project Presentations* continued • Thursday 10/13

10/18 + 10/20
Week 7 ~ Embodied Sound
Embodied Sound discussion - intro to Circuit Bending
• Introduction to Sound Artist Presentations

10/25 + 10/27
Week 8 ~ Circuit-Bending
Experimental sound instruments
electronic explorations

11/1+ 11/3
Week 9 ~ Embodied Sound continued
Introduce "Embodied Sound" Project Concept
Interactive sound explorations • introducing arduino
• Sound Artist Presentations


11/8 + 11/10
Week 10 ~ Embodied Sound continued
"Embodied Sound" Project Concept presentations
Interactive sound explorations • introducing arduino
• Sound Artist Presentations

11/15 + 11/17
Week 11 ~ *Embodied Sound Presentations* Thursday 11/17
arduino +

~OUT ~

11/22 + holiday [no class 11/24]
Week 12 ~ Independent Project introduction
Independent Project sketches - discussion and studio time
arduino +

11/29 + 12/1
Week 13 ~ Transmission Art
Independent Project updates and studio time continued

12/6 + 12/8
Week 14 ~ Transmission Art continued
Independent Project studio time

12/13
Week 15 ~ Independent Project studio time

12/20
Week 16 ~ * Independent Project Presentations*


Overview of Evaluation:
20% participation in class and via the blog
20% Site Sound
20% Embodied Sound
20% Independent Project
10% Artist Presentation
10% Sound Sketches and Tech Tutorials

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