Musical Taste and Transformation: the Self, Algorithms and the Human Connection (MHI2254.01)

Kyoko Kitamura

What affects our tastes? Why do we like the music we like? How do we discover music? How effective are algorithms? Using music as the entry point, we will try to answer these questions by focusing on the self, and by digging into the newest research regarding music, media and science. The aim of the course is to become more aware of our freedom, or the lack of, in developing our taste and in our everyday decision-making.

As part of this process, we will listen to a wide range of music recommended by the students themselves. Each student will be guided to create a musical chain tracing the development of their listening tastes. We will also examine recommender platforms and look at how human connection and community remain powerful influencers of taste. This course will ask a lot of questions. But there will be no right or wrong answers. In a world where we are so often looking outside for information, we sometimes forget how valuable we are. This course is about us.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Using music as the entry point, become more aware of what influences our tastes and decision-making in everyday life.
2. Learn how to question the status quo and ask more questions and search for a solution.
3. Become more aware of the connection between ourselves, the market and the media.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 1
W 10:00AM - 11:50AM (1st seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: One time only

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