The Art of Sound (CAEL2035)


The Art of Sound unit will engage a studio-based approach to the production of sound art works through the prism of two of its primary means, namely recording and amplification. The emphasis will be on the production of recorded sound works and sound devices that can expand and develop the relationships between the analogue and the digital. The unit will begin with ideas from sound ecology and music concrete and open up the terrain through field recording, sound manipulation and performance. This unit will be conducted across various studios, working in an open studio framework within workshops, sound studios and digital labs.
Sound has the potential to invent new sonic landscapes and to demarcate unheard psycho-geographies: from radical approaches towards production to potential new collaborations in the street (or in the landscape), from the technical and the scientific to oral investigations of the social. This open studio investigates sound as a primary vehicle for artistic expression in a work of contemporary art.

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Lecturer and directed contact over 12 weeks, plus self-directed study; total student effort of 60 hrs


1x assessment task in week 4, 5 or 6 (20%) and 1x15 min oral examination of presentation of studio projects (80%) in week 15


Schafer, R. Murray. The Soundscape : Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World. Rochester, Vt.: Destiny Books, 1977.
Rodgers, Tara. Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2010.
Kahn, Douglas, and Gregory Whitehead, eds. Wireless Imagination: Sound, Radio, and the Avant-Garde. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1992.
Kelly, Caleb. Sound. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2011.

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