Sound Systems and Chamber Electronics|
A course in live electronic music centered on the transformation and spatial redistribution of sound. Coursework includes individually creating interpretations of fixed media work (by a composers such as Eliane Radigue, Luc Ferrari, Robert Ashley) for specific spaces using a sound system designed for that space and that piece. Collectively we will prepare realizations of ensemble pieces that played a pivotal role in the development of this music (such as John Cage's Cartridge Music and David Tudor's Rainforest IV). Term projects will take the form of concert music or sound installation or other hybrid forms.
On a technical level we will explore different generations of electronic
instruments and instrumentation drawn from Wesleyan's World Instrument Collection. This ranges from found objects such as slinky's and bird calls to Moog and Arp synthesizers and guitar pedals and other idiosyncratic synthesis devices. We will expand this vocabulary with digital sound techniques using SuperCollider 3, a free music programming environment that extends the DIY sensibility to software.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Van Eck, Cathy. Between Air and Electricity: Microphones and Loudspeakers as Musical Instruments. Bloomsbury 2017.
Kahn, Douglas. Energies in the Arts. MIT Press 2019.
Novak, Dave and Matt Sakakeeny. Keywords in Sound. Duke University Press, 2015.
Nakai, You. Reminded by the Instruments: David Tudor┐s Music. Oxford University Press, 2021.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly assignments, two concert performances, one final project involving the presentation (as performance, installation, or other hybrid form) of a work by the student or an artist in this area of endeavor
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
|Instructor(s): Kuivila,Ronald J. Times: ..T.R.. 02:50PM-04:50PM; Location: RHH003; |
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 10
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