The Art of Noise (CAEL2036)


The Art of Noise unit will engage a studio-based approach to the production of sound art works. The emphasis will be on the production of sound objects, sound sculpture, sound installation, performance and new ways of working with sound. The unit will begin with the physicality of sound and music physics as a starting point, listening to sonic phenomena, materials, forms and existing sound works. This unit will be conducted across various studios in an open studio framework working within a variety of workshops, sound studios and digital labs.
The Art of Noise works with experimental sound under the broadest terms, as sound crosses barriers through physical and cultural space. This unit explores the potential of new sonic sculptures, instruments and installations that cover a plethora of approaches to sound. This open studio investigates sound as a force in the world.

Further unit of study information


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


Kelly, Caleb. Sound. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2011.
Collins, Nicolas. Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2009.
Attali, Jacques. Noise : The Political Economy of Music. Minneapolis, Minn.: University of Minnesota Press, 1985.
Cox, Christoph, and Daniel Warner, eds. Audio Culture. New York: Continuum, 2004.

Faculty/department permission required?


Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.