Class Sound Culture

  • Presentation


    This UC is central in the area of ¿¿Sound Studies, intending to create in the students an understanding of the influences of sound in the constitution of a point of view on the world;

    To problematize the contemporary arts;

    Understand the relationships between the arts of sound, space and technique;

    Critical position on the contemporary arts from the sense of hearing;

    Understand the mediations exercised by sound technical reproduction;

    Understand the qualities of sound in the artistic object constitution and the immersion of the human in the soundscape;

    the new frontiers of the art of sound from the digital.

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  • Syllabus


    Brief history of acoustics
    The sense of hearing
    Qualitative distinction with the sense of sight
    The representations of hearing and vision
    Sound and technique
    The relationship between noise and technique
    The invention of sound mediation apparatus
    The immersion of the subject
    Natural shorthand
    And the sound
    And deviation with playback devices
    Sound and the arts
    Literatures of the 19th century
    The vanguards of the twentieth century
    Reproduction techniques
    Recording and playing the sound
    The diffusion of the arts
    The diffusion apparatus
    The microphone and the speaker;
    Its influence on the alteration of artistic objects.
    The sound as a product.
    Changes in artistic reception and production.
    The change in the production and diffusion of the art.
    Noise, music and society.
    The space of sound objects.
    The body as medium and instrument.
    Noise as a productive concept.

  • Objectives


    This UC, integrated in what is now known as Sound Studies, aims to constitute an archeology, a history and a modernity for the human expressions and devices that have used, since the nineteenth century, sound as a means of communication, independently of the content. With this program, students will learn about what was done in the twentieth century in the relation of sound to music and instruments, making it possible to acquire abilities and skills to think about the objects and sound devices of today. This passage is made from different paths, not only sonorous but also technical. In fact, technology as a prevailing subject in twentieth-century philosophy, will allow the student to understand the relationship of the human with what is called technology and its importance to his behavior.

  • Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Teaching methodologies and assessment

    1. This UC has a continuous assessment, forcing students to be present in the classroom (75% of all classes taught).
    2. The evaluation consists of individual or group work around the main issues of the Culture of Sound and a frequency in which the pedagogical elements developed in the classroom are evaluated. Final Grade = Test Writing of frequency (40% of the final classification) + Works (60%).
    3. Failure to submit the papers means that the student has opted for examination in detriment of continuous evaluation.

  • References


    Attali, J., Noise-The Political Economy of Music, Minneapolis/London: U.of Minnesota Press, 1985.

    Cage, J., Silence: Lectures and Writings by John Cage, London: Marion Boyars, 1978.

    Chion, M., Áudio-Vision, Sound on Screen, New York: Columbia U.Press, 1994.

    Erlmann, V., Hearing Cultures ¿ Essays on sound, Listening and Modernity, Oxford and New York: Berg, 2004.

    Gitelman, L., Scripts, Grooves, and Writing Machines, Stanford: Stanford U. Press, 1999.

    Kahn, D., and Gregory Whitehead, Wireless Imagination: sound and radio, and culture Avant-Gard, Cambridge: MIT, 1994.

    Kahn, D., Noise, Water, Meat: a history of sound in the arts, Cambridge: MIT, 1999.

    Ribeiro, L.C., O Mundo é uma Paisagem Devastada pela Harmonia, Lisboa: Ed. Vega, 2011.

    Ribeiro, L.C., O Som Moderno ¿ Novas formas de criação e escuta, Lisboa: Edições Lusófonas, 2011.

    Russolo, L., The Art of Noises, New York: Pendragon, 1986


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