HS-261I : Electronic Culture, Experimental Music

Academic Level:
Undergraduate
Department:
History
Subject:
History
Prerequisites:
None
Corequisites:
None
Credits:
3
A team-taught course structured around the proposition that music does not just reflect society, but foreshadows new social formations and economic and technological change in a prophetic and annunciatory way. Students will be expected to treat music as a historically determined and socially constructed practice. The course will address new musical ideas and the parallel developments in electronic culture. It will be about music that exists because of the use of electronics rather than music that simply uses electronics. The musical and social space is one in which aural reality is re-contextualized by new sounds, new rules for playing sounds, and new demands for listening. The class is profoundly interdisciplinary, fusing cultural history and music theory. 3 credits FULFILLS GLOBAL, SKILLS INTEGRATION, AND INTERDISCIPLINARY REQUIREMENTS.