History and Analysis of Acoustic Arts II. 2
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Name of lecturer(s)
Martin KLUSÁK, Michal RATAJ, Jan TROJAN
This is a two-semester course that can be taken in the first or second year of study. The aim is to be able to take a contextual analytical view and understand current trends and concepts in the field of acoustic arts while focusing on creative, aesthetic, philosophical and intermedia levels. Through the analysis of scores and recordings, students are introduced to key works in the field of electroacoustic music and intermedia art of the last decades, and through the study of texts and group discussion they join current discourses in the field of music and technology.
The structure of the specific works and texts analysed varies each academic year; students are introduced to the specific syllabus no later than the first class of the new semester.
The ability to take a contextual analytical view of contemporary acoustic art works, understanding theoretical texts and applying the knowledge gained into one's own creative concepts.
Prerequisites and other requirements
Works analysed in a particular semester and related texts.
COX, Christopher - WARNER, Daniel (eds.). Audio culture: Readings in modern music, revised edition. New York London Oxford New Delhi Sydney: Bloomsburry Academic, 2017. 646 p. ISBN 978-1-5013-1836-8.
ADKINS, Monty, SCOTT, Richard, TREMBLAY, Pierre Alexandre. Post-Acousmatic Practice: Re-evaluating Schaeffer’s heritage. Organised Sound, Volume 21, Special Issue 2: Situating the Avant–Garde: Conformity and oppositional culture, August 2016, pp. 106 - 116.
ADKINS, Monty, CUMMINGS, Simon, BERNDT, Axel, COLTON, Lisa, FIELD, Ambrose, HOLBROOK, Ulf A. S., MOREY, Justin, TALBOT, Richard, TOOP, David. Music beyond airports. Appraising ambient music. University of Huddersfield Press, 2019. ISBN 9781862181618, on-line.
SCHÖNING, Klaus. On The Archeology of Acoustic Arts in Radio. Klangreise – Sound Journey. Studio Akustische Kunst. 155 Werke 1968 – 1997. Köln: WDR, 1997.
HERZOGENRATH, Bernd ed. Sonic thinking: a media philosophical approach. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017. 344 s. ISBN 978-1501327209.
Evaluation methods and criteria
Credit examination is awarded according to the level of the final paper (no more than 10 pages), whose topic is based on the broader context of the material discussed in the given academic year and demonstrates the student's ability to reflect theoretically on the discussed topics from the creative artist's own perspective at a high level. The submitted text meets normal standards of originality and citation rules.
There is no minimum attendance requirement.
study materials for the spring 2023
13. 2. Visit to Kunsthalle Prague with a guided tour
Gregor Hildebrandt: A Blink of an Eye and the Years are Behind Us
meeting point: 12:55 PM, Kunsthalle Praha, Klárov 5, 118 00 Malá Strana
20 Feb. Post-acoustic. The nodal points of contemporary music
Radiohead, P. A. Tremblay and Arve Henriksen
Post-Acousmatic Practice: Re-evaluating Schaeffer's heritage (pdf)
27 Feb. Miguel Azguime
text - sound - visual
reading: interview with M. Azguime
6. 3. Dr. Mathew Goodheart, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute USA,
guest composer's talk
13. 3. Heiner Goebbels - Aesthetics of Absence
Between music, theatre and scenic installation
Heiner Goebbels. FIGURES OF WRITING: BLACK ON WHITE (pdf)
20. 3 NIME New Interfaces for musical expression
Laetitia Sonami, ImmogenHeap and Reactable & Björk
Problems and Prospects for Intimate Musical Control of Computers
One Knob To Rule Them All: Reductionist Interfaces for Expansionist Research
Control parameters for musical instruments: a foundation for new mappings of gesture to sound
27. 3. Michal Rataj - live concert interface
Examples of interactive instrumentation and gesture controllers from live concerts
3. 4. Soundscape - Music Of The Environment
R. M. Schaffer
10. 4. Behind the Radio. Sound between spaces
Bill Fontana, Andreas Ammer, Chantal Dumas
Reading: Acoustic (Media) Art: Ars acustica and the idea of original art for radio - an exploration of historical framework conditions in Germany
17 Apr Alvin Curran: Un altro ferragosto
Polyphony between acousmatic music, soundscapes and dramas of distance
24 Apr Prof. Julius Fujak, UKF Nitra, SK: Translucent Sound Sculptures (guest lecture)
1. 5. public holiday
8 May public holiday (alternative teaching by mutual agreement)
Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:
The schedule has not yet been prepared
Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:
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The subject is a part of the following study plans
- Composition (Mg) from 2022/23 (required subject with the possibility of repeat registration)