HIST 688: Topics in History and New Media

HIST 688-001: History and Politics of Sound
(Fall 2021)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM M

Horizon Hall 1009

Section Information for Fall 2021

“Sound” has a history. Towns are organized around bells; wars conducted by bugle calls and drums. What differentiates “sound” from “noise?” Sound intersects with technology in many ways: industrialization bright new ways of producing, reproducing and managing sound. Sound becomes a product, subject to copyright and regulation. Sound is digitized and made infinitely variable. This course will review the history of sound in the US, focusing on how sound was understood, managed, and reproduced. We will look especially at the history of music and recording in the twentieth century, focusing on the development of digital sound and the political, legal and social ramifications of what digital media allows. Students should be prepared to learn to use basic DAW software.


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Covers specific topics in history and new media selected by the instructor, with an emphasis on combining theoretical analysis and readings with hands-on projects and problem-solving. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 12 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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