Fall Quarter 2016

- EDPX 4020 EDP Cultures (CRN 4583)
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. Syllabus.

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

- EDPX 3500 / 4500 Sonic Arts (CRN 4584 / 4585)
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


Spring Quarter 2016

- 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.

- 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.


Winter Quarter 2016

- Speculative Cultures (Science Fiction & EDP)
This course explores the intersections of emergent digital practices and cultures with the extrapolative thought experiments, technical speculations, and social criticisms of science fiction. Students will read, discuss, write, and otherwise respond to primary texts by the likes of William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, Cory Doctorow, Philip K. Dick, and Hiroshi Yamamoto. Science fiction studies may also include sub-genres (steampunk, hard science fiction, ecological) and regional categories (Japanese sci-fi), as well as consider science fiction in other media formats (sound recordings, film, games). For output, students will produce written materials in a variety of formats, culminating in a formal essay or interactive publication. Prerequisite: EDPX 2200 or permission of the instructor.

Mon/Wed 10:00-11:50pm / Shwayder Art Building 220

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Graduate Courses
- EDP Cultures
- Sonic Science Fiction Seminar, Spring 2013
- Pharmakomedia Seminar, Spring 2012
- Critical Approaches, Winter 2012

Undergraduate / Graduate Courses
- Sonic Arts
- Sound Cultures, Winter 2014
- Voice & Sonic Environments, Spring 2014
- Speculative Cultures: Science Fiction & EDP, Fall 2013
- Expanded Cinema, Fall 2013

Undergraduate Courses
- ASEM 2724 Jammin' (Technoculture & Improvisation), Spring 2015
- EDPx 2200 Cultures of Emergent Digital Practices, Spring 2015