Experimental Sound Practices (MSR2123.01)

Senem Pirler

In this introductory course, students will expand their understanding of music by delving into experimental sound practices. During this course, students will create sound compositions, electroacoustic pieces, and performances/installations. The topics will include soundscape composition, binaural sound recording, introduction to modular synthesis, electromagnetic field listening, live performance setups, site-specific sound work. There will be an emphasis on production and experiential learning through exercises and workshops. Along with readings and discussions, we will look at various examples from sound art and experimental music by various composers, including but not limited to Pauline Oliveros, Alvin Lucier, Daphne Oram, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Christine Sun Kim, and Yvette Janine Jackson. This course is introductory; however, it is open for students who want to incorporate sound-based works in their interdisciplinary projects at any level.

Learning Outcomes:
The main objectives of the course are:
- To introduce various contemporary sound practices.
- To develop basic critical listening skills.
- To gain experience with audio editing and mixing tools.
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
- To identify experimental approaches in sound practices.
- To understand key concepts of digital audio.
- To compose and perform original sound art.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
Th 1:40PM - 5:20PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: Once a year

Categories: Fully In-Person , All courses , Sound Design and Recording
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