Lecture/discussion—3 hours; lecture/laboratory—3 hours.
Prerequisite: course 7C. Introduction to the use of sound within
the arts. Techniques and aesthetics of experimental contemporary
practices. Creation of original sound works.
Lecture/discussion—3 hours; laboratory—3 hours. Prerequisite:
course 121, 170C. Techniques of recording, editing, mixing, and
synthesis to combine voice, field recordings, and electronic
signals. Incorporating live, recorded, and found sounds to create
multidimensional stories. Presentation of live performances,
audio recordings, and sound installations.
Class will examine the use of sound to articulate, lend mood or
subconsciously underscore visual, environmental or performative
situations. Students will learn to effectively combine music,
voice, sound effects and other noises to create sound designs
that enhance, alter or support action and movement occurring on
other perceptual planes.
Performance and Improvisation (4) Workshop 3 hours; practice 3
hours. Prerequisite: courses 121 and 122 or consent of
instructor. Culmination of TCS sound courses. Class will focus on
performance and improvisation, culminating in a final public
performance. Students will be expected to do extensive reading
and rehearsal outside of class time. III. (III.) Ostertag
Lecture—3 hours; laboratory—3 hours. A foundation course that
teaches students the theory of three dimensional computer
graphics, including modeling, rendering and animation.
Development of practical skills through the use of professional
software to create computer graphics.
Lecture 3 hours; laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite: course
130 or consent of instructor. The art of character animation in
three dimensional computer animation. Movement theory, principles
of animation, animation timing. Development of technical and
practical skills. III. (III.) Neff
Survey of major cultural theories of technology with an emphasis
on media, communications and the arts. Explores the changing
relationship between technologies, humans, and culture. Special
focus on the evolution of modern technologies and their reception
within popular and applied contexts.
Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Current work at the
intersection of the arts, culture, science, and technology
including biological and medical sciences, computer science and
communications, and artificial intelligence and digital media. GE
Course addresses innovative and unconventional soundtracks within
cinema, media arts and fine arts. The course will also introduce
basic analytical skills for the understanding of how sound-image
An examination of the invention, adaptation and use of
technologies outside the mainstream, outside commonsense, and
even outside the realm of possibility. Students will examine
instances of great ingenuity in the cause of simple survival,
machines as metaphor and embodied thought, invention as
compulsion, eccentric customizing, and many more.
Lecture/Discussion—3 hours; Term Paper. Recent evolution of the
documentary. The personal essay film; found-footage/appropriation
work; non-linear, multi-media forms; spoken word; storytelling;
oral history recordings; and other examples of documentary
Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 1
and either American Studies 1 or 5. The history and analysis of
the relationships between human bodies and technologies in modern
society. Dominant and eccentric examples of how human bodies and
technologies influence one another and reveal underlying cultural
assumptions. (Same course as American Studies 158.) GE credit:
Class will investigate the inter-relationship of subcultural
groups and media technologies, in particular how media often
serves as the cohesive and persuasive force of subcultural
activities. Students will examine and participate in such
activities as list-servs, websites, free radio, fan ‘zines,
hip-hop culture, and other activities.
Lecture—3 hours; extensive writing or discussion—1 hour.
Historical, aesthetic and critical approaches to how information
technologies produced ghost effects or a sense of terror in
response to new media like the photograph, gramophone, film,
typewriter, computer, Turing Machine. Focus on technological
media transforms sense perception. Offered in alternate years.
(Same course as Science and Technology Studies 160.) GE credit:
ArtHum or SocSci | ACGH, AH or SS, VL, WE.—Ravetto-Biagioli
Lecture and intensive workshop teaching small-scale film
production. Appointments as a(n) director, director of
photography, actor, writer, lighting designer, sound designer and
other critical positions are used to produce and submit a short
film to a film festival.
Introduction to basic research methods for Technocultural
Studies. Class expands notion of research to include electronic
and archived images, sounds and data. Class will also introduce
students to satellite downlinking, radiowave scanning and oral