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[microsound] MA Sonic Culture - University of East London

MA Sonic Culture - 2006/7 - Accepting Applications Now
University of East London

This unique theory/practice MA programme attempts to compensate for the deep
rooted visual bias of Western culture, and by implication, the lack of
rigorous theoretical analysis of the field of sonic culture, the intersection
between the soundscape and cybernetic society. The programme develops a
specific range of conceptual tools to critically engage and produce in this
context. The MA Sonic Culture takes an interdisciplinary approach, and aims
to develop a critical understanding of the role of sound in digital culture
providing a methodology and an approach to digital sound design and analysis
across a range of traditional and emergent media. 

Theoretically, the MA explores the emergent space and time of the acoustic
cyberspace, and the relevance of concepts such as microsound, sonic affect,
the audio-visual contract, the virtual, simulation, synesthesia,
afrofuturism, remixology and digital accidents in relation to sonic culture
in digital capitalism. To do this, we draw material from the histories of
recorded sound in 20th century electronic music, theories of film sound, and
frameworks from fiction, cultural theory, critical musicology, philosophy,
digital aesthetics, cybernetics, acoustics, physiology, psychoacoustics,
sciences of complexity and theories of power, gender and diaspora, in order
to provide students with a conceptual basis for critical and creative sound
analysis and production.

The core module of the MA programme, is the theoretically oriented Sonic
Culture (Semester A); the recommended option is Audio-Vision which has a
theory/practice component (Semester B). Students wishing to follow a practice
oriented pathway may also take the Media Production option in Semester A.
Students following a theory/practice route through the MA in Sonic Culture
will develop projects in relation to any the key concepts explored in the
course through recording, sampling, editing, manipulating, sequencing and
synthesising sound using various digital audio software packages.

Enquiries to Programme Leader: Steve Goodman (s.goodman@xxxxxxxxx)

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