SM4143 - Sonic Arts and the History of Sounds and Noises

Offering Academic Unit
School of Creative Media
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
Course Offering Term*:
Semester B 2021/22

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

This course engages with the emerging practice of sound art, the history of sound as a medium, and the concurrent development of a discourse and theory of auditory culture. We will focus our discussion on a number of important themes in sound art to (1) illustrate how sound is put to use within modes of installation, composition and performance; and (2) how sound has developed into a core component of contemporary culture. We will consider noises, music, voices, sounds, the technologies of sound, and the role they play in historical and contemporary thoughts. Critical listening and survey of key sonic art works are aimed at extending listening skills, and at developing a vocabulary with which to describe and engage with the auditory.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 100%
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