Class Sound Arts

  • Presentation


    This class introduces the students to artistic practices that explore sound in experimental ways, and incorporate the invention of the medium in the creative process. Simultaneously, it provides an introduction to scientific research that facilitates the understanding of how perception is driven by any time-based work, sonic or audio-visual. The theoretical contents of the syllabus are intended to inspire the development of the practical works. Simultaneously, they help the students to contextualize their work in the panorama of the sonic arts. The tutorial accompaniment of the practical work is focused on the relation between motivations, creative process and perception.

  • Code


  • Syllabus


    1. Artistic practices

    • Systems and instruments: sonic, visual and audio-visual
    • Sound installations
    • Graphic notation systems

    2. Analysis tools

    • Interaction / cognitive effort
    • Sonic and visual dynamics / attention
    • Audio-visual relationships / cognitive effort & attention
    • Semantics / attention

    3. Practical work (cumulative)

    • Option A:
      Creation of a visual mechanism > Soundscape composition > Performance or installation
    • Option B:
      Creation of a sonic mechanism > Performance or installation > Composition of a sound piece
    • Option C:
      Sound a walk recording > Graphic notation system that re-interprets that walk > Sound piece based on the notation system; articulation with moving light, in physical space
    • Common to A/ B/ C:
      Website with reserach, documentation, contextualization and analysis of the work
  • Objectives


    - To learn about a diversity of artistic practices that use sound as work material.
    - To develop skills for analyzing a creative work by relating research about perception, attention, audio-visual theory and sound theory.
    - To develop experimental work processes, while exploring relations between sound, light dynamics, performance and space.
    - To develop autonomy in the process of investigating and learning.
    - To develop the ability of contextualizing the personal creative work in the panorama of sonic arts.

  • References


    • Blesser, B., Salter, L.R. - Spaces Speak, Are you listening? MIT Press, 2007.
    • Moritz, William - The Dream of Color Music, And Machines That Made it Possible. Animation World Magazine, 1997. 
    • Nyman, M. - Experimental Music: Cage and Beyond. Cambridge University Press, 1999.
    • Sá, Adriana & Tanaka, Atau - A Parametric Model for Audio-Visual Instrument Design, Composition and Performance. Live Visuals - History, Theory, Practice, Routledge, 2022. ISBN 9781032252681 
    • Sá, Adriana - The variables of Spatial Presence: a parametric model. Proceedings of xCoAx. Milan: 2019.
    • Sá, Adriana - Designing Musical Expression. Proceedings of xCoAx. Porto, 2017.
    • Sá, Adriana et al. - Live Interfaces: Seeds of Debate. International Conference on Live Interfaces 2014, pp. 14-28. Lisboa: Universidade do Porto, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa & University of Sussex, 2015.


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