Experimental Music

How do some musicians challenge the musical, cultural, technological, and societal norms of their time? What gives rise to such challenges, and what can be their impact? The development of music in the last 100 years has been marked by numerous paths of innovation and experimentation. Some have left behind mere traces of originality and vision, while others evolved into essential features of today's musical vocabulary. In this course, students will examine a wide spectrum of key experimental musical works, through the lens of several core aesthetic elements. works explored will range from the mid-20th century American Classical -avant-garde and early pioneers of Electronic Music, through a diverse array of artists (from John Cage, Steve Reich, and Pauline Oliveros, to Public Enemy, Laurie Anderson, Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, and others), and to today's more unconventional and envelope-pushing corners of music-making. Listening will be enhanced by a critical discussion of the works, as well as their context, impact, and potential connections to other artistic and cultural developments. Importantly, students will explore the topics covered in the course also through a series of creative projects, including assignments that involve basic digital audio editing and processing. No previous experience or musical background required. 1 unit. Meets the Critical Learning: CP requirement. (Not offered 2022-23).

Degree requirement — Critical Learning: CP

1 unit

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