Course Title: Experimental Sound
Part A: Course Overview
Course Title: Experimental Sound
Credit Points: 12
345H Media and Communication
Sem 2 2009
Course Coordinator: Chris Henschke
Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9829
Course Coordinator Email:Chris.Henschke@rmit.edu.au
Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities
Prerequisites for this course within the program
- Production Skills
- Spatial and Acoustic studies
- Writing and Performance
- Design Studio 1
- Media, Technology, Culture and Society
This course is designed to develop your critical appreciation of experimental sound design and develop an understanding of the language, history and limits of constructed sound. This will be through lectures, class discussions, critical listening, research, and a high level of practical engagement. You will examine key works in the history of sound recording, construction and manipulation, and the state of contemporary experimental sound. This course will also skill you in the application of the concepts through ’noise-industry-relevant’ digital audio editing software to record, manipulate and produce sound for use within and outside of a given framework. It also provides practical skills in the use of sound within a variety of other applications resulting in projects that may cover such areas as sound installation, interactive works, live performances (byo earplugs), audio visual works, and sound compositions.
Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development
Program Capabilities and Course Learning Outcomes
Develop and explore linear and non-linear spaces through spatial and aural mediums
- Identify different compositional structures
- Construct different compositional structures
- Experiment with linear and non-linear compositions through traditional and contemporary structures
- Collect audio materials from various sources
- Prepare audio materials
- Experiment with traditional and contemporary audio, visual and constructive materials
- Respond creatively to project briefs
- Explore and experiment with multiple possible outcomes
- Research alternative spatial & aural solutions to problems
Develop an understanding of the languages and structures developed in historical and contemporary experimental sound design
Develop an understanding of the tools and techniques used in contemporary and historical experimental sound design
Further develop production methods in order to transcend methods so as to actively incorporate the concepts and processes discovered in this course
Overview of Learning Activities
Studio classes are delivered via a week-by-week series of lectures and tutorials progressively enabling you to assimilate the necessary technical and conceptual skills for completion of this course.
Overview of Learning Resources
Many of the resources you will be expected to use are computer-based or computer peripherals and these resources will be provided in the school’s computer laboratories.
You may need to use digital content acquisition tools such as cameras and sound recording equipment: these will be available for student-loan; you organize the loan of such equipment themselves from the school’s equipment store.
You should make uses of wider university resources such as its libraries, their print and audio-visual collections and, if appropriate, the University’s Learning Skills Unit.
Some course components may be presented in lecture theatres. You will be advised of the time and lecture theatre location of such presentations.
Overview of Assessment
Research project / composition 50%
Demonstration of conceptual analysis and development 20%
Group activities 10 %
In-class noises %10
Documentation, notes, papers 10%