This will be a seminar and design studio which will explore the ways in which sound effects our perception as a means of artistic expression. Areas of exploration will include sound as it is used aesthetically in art, architecture, theater, and film. Students will be given weekly assignments exploring the history of sound as a primary aesthetic medium from early tribal rituals through various 20th century art movements to the present. Additional course work will include exploring relationships between materials, movement, and sound.
Design problems will include exploring a number of sound concepts related to the particular student’s medium or interest. For example, a sculptor might make a musical instrument, an engineer- creating an electronic sound-sensing device, an architect- designing a building based solely on its acoustic properties and relationships. Students would be encouraged to collaborate on term projects to create multi-disciplinary events or objects.
Guest speakers, studio visits and field trips will include The Metropolitan Museum of Art Musical Instrument Collection, Sound One film editing studios, as well as visits with various artists and musicians. Past visits have included performance artist Laurie Anderson, poet Quincy Troupe, composer Morton Subotnick, acoustician Christopher Jaffe, architects John Hejduk, Thom Mayne and Bernard Tschumi.
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