Fall Quarter 2017

EDPX 4020 EDP Cultures
This course familiarizes students with current critical approaches to understanding digital media and the impacts these media have in personal, community, cultural, social, institutional and international life. The course pays particular attention to cultural constructions of emergent digital media and practices. This course introduces graduate students to a variety of disciplinary lenses and conceptual practices, with readings and research ranging from media theory & studies, philosophy of technology, media archeology and history, to science fiction studies as approaches to digital media and cultures. Sample syllabus.

Mon/Wed, 10:00-11:50am / Shwayder Art Building 221

EDPX 3500 / 4500 Sonic Arts
This class introduces the tools and techniques of the sonic arts, including field recording; sampling and synthesis; sound editing and effects processing; and mixing. Students will survey a variety of sonic arts, historical and contemporary, to understand techniques and strategies for developing and distributing sonic artifacts. Prerequisite: EDPX 2400 or permission of the instructor. Lab fee.

Mon/Wed, 1:00-3:50pm / Sturm Hall 434


Winter Quarter 2018

ASEM 2724 Jammin': Technoculture & Improvisation
This course introduces students to the recent history of musical and cultural forms devoted to improvisation, including jazz, free music, contemporary classical music, psychedelic and progressive rock, funk, jam bands, and electronic dance music. Particular attention will be paid to the ways in which subcultures of artists, producers, concert organizers, and listeners have formed around these types of musical expression. The act of improvisation will be examined as a response to emerging technological forms (new musical instruments, recording technologies, concert presentation, and distribution, particularly those enabled by networking technologies) by which musicians and listeners embody new personal as well as collective identities.

The class will ask you to listen closely to recorded materials both inside and outside of class, as well as read from multiple sources. Academic scholars, professional writers for the popular music press, and all sorts of fans of improvised music will provide us with many different ways to approach improvisation as both a concept and a practice. And we will want to make sure to address the various technological and cultural events that shape and inform the kinds of sounds that improvising musicians make. Therefore, rather than a music theory class, we will approach improvisation from several different perspectives, including cultural studies, philosophy, history, media studies, sound studies, and critical theory.

Mon/Wed, 10-11:50am / SAB 220

EDPX 3750 / 4750 Sound Cultures
This course explores some of the cultures of artists, producers, and listeners that have formed around sound technologies. The class combines reading of critical texts and guided listenings to study several genres of music, sound art and noise, ranging from post-WWII electronic music, field recordings and sound art, to hip-hop, dub, techno, jam bands, and more. Interdisciplinary in critical approach, this class encourages students to listen to these sonic forms as intersections of technological, social, ideological, and imaginative forces. For output, students will produce written media on a variety of sound-related issues, artifacts, and practitioners, culminating in a podcast or interactive publication. Prerequisite: EDPX 2200 and EDPX 2400, or permission of the instructor. Lab fee.

Mon/Wed, 2:00-3:50pm / Sturm Hall 434


Spring Quarter 2018

EDPX 2200 Cultures of EDP
This course explores the many ways technology has shaped and been shaped by our various cultures, from the local to the global. The course offers in equal parts a history of emergent practices; a theory of how and why new technologies and practices continue to emerge; and an extrapolation of possible futures and trends for the continued imagining and unfolding of technologies and practices to come. This course provides a historical and theoretical foundation for critical thinking and creative ideas in the EDP major. Reading, writing, critical analysis, and synthesis of new ideas will be key components. No prerequisites.


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Graduate Courses
EDP Cultures
Sonic Science Fiction Seminar
Pharmakomedia Seminar
Critical Approaches to Digital Media

Undergraduate / Graduate Courses
Sonic Arts
Sound Cultures
Voice & Sonic Environments
Speculative Cultures: Science Fiction & EDP
Expanded Cinema

Undergraduate Courses
ASEM 2724 Jammin': Technoculture & Improvisation
EDPx 2200 Cultures of Emergent Digital Practices