Audio Culture - MUSC3805

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

School: School of the Arts and Media

Course Outline: School of the Arts and Media

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: 24uoc in MUSC courses and enrolment in a Music Studies stream or Music single or dual program; or 72uoc overall and enrolment in Media (MP), Media (S&S), or Media (S&SP) single or dual program

CSS Contribution Charge: 1 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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Subject Area: Music

This course sets out to acquaint you with the diverse and burgeoning field of Sound Studies. The field of Sound will be situated in relation to current issues and polemics, as well as to historical, aesthetic, and cultural contexts. We will assess the evolution of electronic media, and its influence on culture at large. We will evaluate key moments in the practices of sound recording technology, electronic music, and sonic art. Through readings, discussion, listening and ethnographic studies, you will engage with Sound Studies in the Western tradition and beyond, thereby positing your own musical practice within a wider cultural context. Themes addressed in a given semester may include: Sound recording technology and the impact of media technologies on listening, performing and composing; The codification of listening; Sound, place-making and soundwalks; Sound and memory; Noise; New media installations; The Mp3, compression and the music economy; Radiophonics; Synaesthesia.
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