Listening

KHC MU 102

This seminar offers an exploration of listening and its mediating practices and technologies, from the stethoscope to the earbud. Through the lens of recent theories of listening we begin by considering the way in which our own auditory habits are socially and culturally determined. We then take a step back to explore the emergence of the modern listener in the second half of the nineteenth century and in particular the role of the telephone, phonograph, and wireless telegraph in shaping a range of new listening practices. We then turn our attention to the spaces of performance--from the concert hall to the jazz club--and their associated musical repertories. Here we focus not only on issues of acoustics, architecture, and social behavior but also on specific musical compositions and performance traditions that were conceived for these spaces. Finally, we consider how the advent of recorded sound has changed our relationship to the way we listen to so-called "live" music. In this context we engage with current debates on the ethics and aesthetics of sound reproduction, transmission, and ownership. By exploring the public and private spaces in which listening occurs, we consider the diversity of contemporary and historical listening practices including the effect of recording technology on recent performance practice, the relationship between sound and vision, and the way in which industrial noise has transformed the way in which we hear.

SPRG 2015 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
A1 Peattie KHC TR 11:00 am-12:30 pm Khc Freshmen
Only.

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