ARC 590/DMS 606

ARC 590/DMS 606– Sound and Space

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Course No.: 20581

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2018 Spring

Location: Crosby – 201

Meeting Day(s): Thursday

Meeting Time: 9:00AM - 11:40AM

Faculty: Geitsweidt

This course examines sound as the primary material for creative exploration, critical reflection, and aesthetic contemplation. The physical and psychological properties of sound are introduced as well as techniques and methodologies for capturing, manipulating, and presenting sound in space. Students conduct both field and studio recordings; construct microphones, singing circuits, and instruments; create audio to complement other media; and utilize open source software to manipulate sound and create performance systems. Readings from Russolo, Cage, Schaeffer, Adorno, M. Schafer, Chion, Oliveros, and others prompt discussions of silence, noise, music, acoustic ecology, sound field, and performance. Students maintain a listening journal and create sonic vignettes based upon the week’s topic. These reflections and mini-compositions serve as a source for a collaborative sonic ‘happening’ at the end of term. Lab Fee: $125.00