Spring 2020 - CA 149 E100

Sound (3)

Class Number: 8591

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    GCA 3200, GOLDCORP



Introduction to acoustics, psychoacoustics, sound synthesis, audio sampling and signal processing, and sound production in general as relating to music, film sound, radio, new media, art installations and live performance. Students who have taken CA (or FPA) 184 cannot take CA (or FPA) 149 for further credit. Students with credit for FPA 149 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.


FPA 149 is an introduction to the large topic of sound and is designed to be relevant to all of the disciplines in the School for the Contemporary Arts. Students will be introduced to basic acoustics, simple wave physics and the techniques/technology associated with the recording, transformation, storage, transmission and projection of sound. This exploration of the technologies and concepts related to sound will lead to examinations of the moving picture soundtrack, radio, theatre, installations, sound art, gaming and radio art. Special attention will be paid to the role of sound design/music in fixed media, broadcast, performance (theatre, dance, etc.), and installation art. This course will also explore the larger issues of sound in contemporary society through environmental sound, noise, and acoustic communication.


  • Sound Journal 10%
  • Assignments (4) 40%
  • Final Exam 15%
  • Sound Circus - Performance 25%
  • Sound Circus - Paper 10%

Registrar Notes:

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