This seminar examines the history, practice, and aesthetics of locational space as a compositional element in music and sound art. Following a brief introduction to the psychoacoustics of sound localization, the course will examine a series of works ranging from Renaissance polychoral masses to present day multichannel compositions and sound art installations, as well as discuss current technologies and formats such as 5.1 surround sound and ambisonics. Emphasis is placed on works with available spatial documentation so that students are able to engage directly with the material through listening and immersive experience. Current performances and installations in the New York area will be included in the course material, as well as historic and contemporary works by Columbia composers and sound artists.
Spatial Music and Sound
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