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The Art of Listening
MUSC 129
Spring 2013
Section: 01  

Over the 20th century, the advent of electronic sound recording and transmission triggered rapid changes in all forms of auditory culture. We will examine this evolution through the different approaches to listening that emerge with the concepts of soundscape, sound object, sound art, and sound design. We will give particular attention to the artists and composers who explicitly shaped these concepts through their work. This includes figures such as the writer William S. Burroughs, the composer John Cage, the singer Bing Crosby, the pianist Glenn Gould, the theatre director Elizabet LeCompte, the filmmaker Walter Murch, the artist Max Neuhaus, the composer Pauline Oliveros, the guitarist Les Paul, the composer R. Murray Schafer, and the theorist Pierre Schaeffer. In addition to readings, listenings, and viewings, class members will perform works by composers such as Maryanne Amacher, John Cage, Alvin Lucier, and David Tudor and create sound works of their own. The class should be of interest to anyone who anticipates working with sound in their creative endeavors whether as a musician, artist, dancer, or filmmaker.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA MUSC
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (MUSC)
Past Enrollment Probability: Less than 50%

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