This course examines central themes in the emerging field of “Sound Studies”. We explore a range of histories, archeologies & ethnographies of sound & listening, as it intersects with topics in media studies, science & technology studies, political economy & musicology. How has our experience of sound changed as we move from the piano to the personal computer, from the phonoautograph to the mp3? How have political, commercial, & cultural forces shaped what we are able to listen to, & how we listen to it? Finally, how have performers, physiologists, acousticians, engineers & philosophers worked to understand this radical transformation of the senses?
- Old Course Number: E58.2310