2011-12 Catalog

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Offering Description

Experimental Music

Fall 2011 and Winter 2012 quarters

Ben Kamen music technology and theory
Fields of Study

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 the fall quarter, 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.

In the winter quarter, students will shift their attention to the history and application of electronics in experimental music. Students will explore sound collage, algorithmic composition, sound synthesis, and interactive music through the use of MaxMSP, a visual programming language.

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.

Students from fall and winter are encouraged to apply for the 16-credit interdisciplinary program "Projects in Experimental Media and Music" in the spring.

Advertised Schedule
1-5p Thu/Fri
Online Learning
Enhanced Online Learning
Greener Store
Required Fees
$20 in fall and $30 in winter for concert tickets and electronic parts
Offered During