My colleague, composer/musician Barry Salmon, and I will be reviving — after five years of dormancy! — our wicked awesome “Sound + Space” graduate seminar-studio this coming spring semester. Between now and then we’ll need to substantially rework the syllabus because our venue presents some new opportunities this time around. We’ll be meeting every week in the brand new Made in NY Media Center in Dumbo — and in order to take advantage of the space, the course will lead up to a public exhibition, performance, or workshop of some sort.
For now, we’ve got a course description:
Sound is not something merely projected into a space. Space is not merely sound’s container. To the contrary, sound has the potential to define space, to create metaphorical walls. Sound “happens” in space; its waves traverse a distance from source to ear. Furthermore, both sound and space have a structural design, an architectonics. This seminar addresses the sonic qualities of space, the spatial properties of sound, and the myriad other links between space and sound. We will begin by addressing theories of space – particularly those that acknowledge the role of sound, or silence, in shaping and giving character to space. We will then move on to examine some historical examples in which sonic and spatial constructions have worked in concert to define a place in time. The remainder of the semester is devoted to a variety of sound/space applications: artists crafting spaces out of sound, architects creating sonic spaces, sonic landscapes and sculptures, sound in mediated spaces, and auditory media’s role in shaping spaces or demarcating boundaries.
Students will complete regular short writing assignments and presentations, and, for their final projects, will have the choice of completing a traditional research project or a theoretically-informed creative/production project. **The class will meet in the new Made in NY Media Center in Dumbo, Brooklyn, and final projects may be exhibited and/or performed as part of a public exhibition, demonstration, or workshop.