Sound Studies

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
373SS Z 2 2T English winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The purpose of this class is to access sound phenomenology. For that, we will listen to different kinds of artworks, each standing for one specific sound phenomenon. To each artwork, we will have assigned literature, aiming at supporting the understanding of the work and students' critical discourse.

Mode of study

weekly seminar

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Course contents

Course overview:

This introduction to Sound Studies, both historical and contemporary, provides a framework for student’s cinematic works, video-art, and sound art projects as well as examining the literature and theories related to contemporary music, composition and recorded sound in the late 20th and 21st centuries.

Themes: Texts, musics, films and moving image and sound artworks serve as points of departure for discussion and understanding of sound phenomena.

example texts:

The Theory of Sonic Awareness in the Greeting - Pauline Oliveros

Timbral praxis: when a tree falls in the forest is it music? - Paul Rudy

Adequate modes of listening - Ola Stockffelt

Uneasy listening - Elizabeth Leguin

Sonic Warfare Sound, Affect, and the Ecology of Fear - Steve Goodman

The Work of Reproduction in the Mechanical Aging of an Art: Listening to Noise - Stan Link

Music, Motion, and Subjectivity in ways of listening - Eric F. Clarke

Locative Media as Sonic Interaction Design: Walking through Placed Sounds - Frauke Behrendt

Recommended or required reading

ATTALI, Jacques. Noise: The Political Economy of Music. Minneapolis, Minn: Univ Of Minnesota Press, 1985. 196 pages,. ISBN 978-0816612871

AUGOYARD, Jean Francois. & TORGUE, Henri. Sonic Experience: A Guide to Everyday Sounds. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press. 2006. 230 pages. ISBN 978-0773529427.

CAGE, John., Silence: Lectures and Writings 50th anniversary edition. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press. 2011. 312 pages. ISBN 978-0819571762.

DEMERS, Joanna, Listening through the Noise: The Aesthetics of Experimental Electronic Music. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. 216 pages. ISBN 9780195387667.

HEGARTY, Paul. Rumour and Radiation, Sound In Video Art. New York: Bloomsbury, 2015. 216 pages. ISBN 9780415904575

SCHAFER, R.Murray., The Tuning of the World. New York: Random House Inc., 1977. 301 pages. ISBN 978-0394409665.

STERNE, Jonathan. The Audible Past, Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction. Durham, N.C: Duke Univ. Press, 2003. 472 pages. ISBN 978-0822330134.

Assessment methods and criteria

Students will be evaluated according to their attendance, participation and commitment. Due to the current situation, there might be an option of producing something creative rather than writing an essay. TBC.



Schedule for winter semester 2020/2021:

room SF 3116
Studio FAMU - VR LAB

(Klimenská ulice)
(lecture parallel1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Mon 16:30–18:05 Sara Patrícia DA SILVA PINHEIRO Studio FAMU - VR LAB
Klimenská ulice
lecture parallel1

Schedule for summer semester 2020/2021:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans