2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Experimental Music

Spring quarter

Faculty: Ben Kamen music technology and theory

Fields of Study: music

Spring: CRN (Credit) Level 30395 (8)  

Credits: 8(S)

Class Standing: Freshmen - Senior

Offered During: Day


The aesthetic and technological experiments of 20th century American composers and performers opened the door to new modes of thinking about music. Their explorations into silence, noise, extended techniques, and electronics contributed to a fertile area of research within the musical lexicon that continues among composers and performers to this day.

In this 8-credit program, students will examine the music and writing of experimental composers, perform their works, and respond through composition, performance, and writing. Students will explore the boundaries of musical materials through musicianship exercises and the investigation of notational systems.

Composers considered will include John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, James Tenney, Alvin Lucier, Morton Feldman, Steve Reich and David Tudor. Classes will feature in-house performances, listening, seminars, and workshops on electronic and experimental music practices. Students of all levels of musical experience are welcome.

Maximum Enrollment: 22

Advertised Schedule: 1-5p Thu/Fri

Required Fees: $15 for concert tickets and electronics parts

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Enhanced Online Learning

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