Sound Material, Sound Art

Instructor: Abby Aresty
Contact: abaresty [at] andrew [dot] cmu [dot] edu
Course website: https://soundmaterialsoundart.wordpress.com/
Monday meetings: 1:30 – 3:30pm, CFA 111
Wednesday meetings: 12:30 – 3:30pm, roving/wandering – see online calendar
Office hours: Monday 2:30-4:30pm, Tuesday 4-5pm, by appointment

Course Description

In this interdisciplinary studio class we will investigate the world through its sounds, exploring the unique opportunities and challenges that this “immaterial material” affords. From musique concrète to investigations of the boundaries between noise, silence, and music, we will explore how diverse historical movements and moments have shaped the relatively new and necessarily broad contemporary field described as ‘sound art’.  As listeners, we will develop the requisite vocabulary to critically engage with sound in a variety of contexts.  This will include terminology gleaned from the study of acoustics and psychoacoustics, as well as listening modes and soundscape studies.  As artists, we will explore the unique ways in which sound communicates, defines spaces, shapes memories and creates connections between people, places and objects.  We will be out in the field, recording, building, making, coding and generally learning the tools we need to meet the needs of your artistic vision.

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