Sound Art, Public Music
This is not the current course catalog
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
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, three short (2-4 page) essays, a response journal and the creation of four public music works
Enrollment Preference: juniors and seniors
Department Notes: ARTS elective
Distributions: Division I;