Special Topics in Film and Digital Media: Sound, Technology, Culture

Course Details
Course: 
FILM 080S
Instructor: 
Anna Friz
Quarter: 
Fall
Academic Year: 
2017-18

Topic: This course is an episodic historical survey of practices and cultures of sound amplification, recording, and transmission. The course will investigate theories of technology as well as cultural histories and social theories of sound, and critically assess the way various media technologies have shaped and been shaped by how sound has been made, used and heard over the past 150 years. We will consider historical and contemporary technologies of sound amplification, storage, transformation and transmission by exploring experiments with the human voice, sampling practices and cultures, socio-technical interactions between sound and urban spaces, and ongoing appropriations and reframing of sound technologies by everyday users and artists (such as phone phreaking, turntablism, and pirate radio).