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    Vassar College
   
 
  Sep 24, 2017
 
 
    
Catalogue 2017-2018
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MEDS 258 - Studies in Sound


1 unit(s)
(Same as AMST 258 ) This course familiarizes students with the emerging field of sound studies. We spend the first eight weeks exploring the different facets of sound culture: histories and ethnographies of listening; theories of sound capture and reproduction; the political economy of recording media (particularly the MP3); the experience of the modern American soundscape. We conclude with case studies of contemporary sonic experiences: “glitch”-based digital music and the aesthetics of failure; new developments in sonic weaponry; art and activism that “listens” to drones and the US-Mexico border. Hua Hsu.

Prerequisite(s): 100-level course work within the multidisciplinary programs, or permission of the instructor.

Not offered in 2017/18.

Two 75-minute periods.



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