Musical Taste and Transformation: the Self, Algorithms and the Human Connection (MHI2254.02)

Kyoko Kitamura

With so much recorded music available at our fingertips, recommender systems such as algorithmic playlists have become a routine part of our daily lives. By focusing on the self and examining our own listening history and habits, this course will build a chain of musical works which will allow us to investigate how we encounter music and become more aware of what actually influences our tastes and decisions. As part of this process, we will listen to a wide range of music from around the world, discuss various recommender platforms, and look at how human connection and community are still powerful influencers of our tastes. Students will be guided to create and present their own musical chains.


Learning Outcomes:
• Increase awareness of various influences on one’s decision-making process, through examining the self and observing one’s own daily actions.
• Position one’s musical tastes and listening habits within a larger ecosystem of available current listening platforms.
• Gain tools which can be used to explore outside of one’s comfort zone.



Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 1
Tu 7:00PM - 8:50PM (2nd seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 18
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: All courses , Performance , Updates , Anthropology , History , Instrumental Study , Fully In-Person
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