ARTS 273
Sound Art, Public Music Fall 2017
Division I
Cross-listed MUS 175 / ARTS 273
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Western music performance traditionally occurs within contained spaces in which “performer” and “audience” adhere to designated locations and follow tacit scripts: seats/stage; applause/bows, etc. In recent years, traditional boundaries and scripts of performance and reception have moved into public spaces–from sound art installations to ambient music, from interactive sound sculpture to radio art to social media driven flash mobs. This course studies the work of pioneers in public music and sound art including Alvin Lucier, Bill Fontana, John Cage, Hildegard Westerkamp, Brian Eno and John Luther Adams, among others. The course will alternate between study and analysis of particular artistic strategies and the creation of site-specific works on and around the Williams campus.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1753
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, three short (2-4 page) essays, a response journal and the creation of four public music works
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: juniors and seniors
Unit Notes: ARTS elective
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
MUS 175 Division I ARTS 273 Division I

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