What is Sound Art? Grove tells us that the term encompasses Sound installation, Sound sculpture, Performance art, Soundscape composition, soundwalking, field recording, circuit bending, sound design, interactive sonic games, concrete poetry, conceptual art, and creative experiments with listening and audio media... experimental electronic music, ambient music, noise music, and collage-based music. This year, the Museum of Modern Art is mounting its first major Sound Art exhibit (Soundings: A Contemporary Score, 10 August- 3 November.) This seminar will examine some of the many practices that are known as sound art. We will begin our explorations by delving into the field of Sound Studies. Over the semester, we will consider the themes such as the history of noise, nature music and environmental recording, and the relationship between sound art and the history of musical technology. In early October, we will visit MOMA as a class. As part of the seminar, students will be expected to write a research paper and to complete a creative project.
In a two-part post, the Penn Gazette Arts and Culture blog features music listening suggestions from various staff and faculty at the Music Department. Both Part 1 and Part 2 highlight some new and interesting summer listening suggestions.