History and Analysis of Acoustic Arts II. 2

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
101DAU2 exam 2 2 lecture hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 29 to 39 hours of self-study English, Czech summer

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Learning objectives:

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.

Thematic areas:

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.

Learning outcomes

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



Required bibliography:

Works analysed in a particular semester and related texts.

Recommended bibliography:

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


20. 3 NIME New Interfaces for musical expression

Laetitia Sonami, ImmogenHeap and Reactable & Björk

recommended texts:

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 2023/2024:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

Schedule for summer semester 2023/2024:

room 019

(Liechtenstein Palace)
(lecture parallel1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Thu 15:20–16:50 Michal RATAJ LAB
Liechtenstein Palace
lecture parallel1

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