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The Culture and Politics of Sound CMNS 359 (4)

What do spectrograms, WWII and bird science have in common? What happens when we listen to sound and music? This seminar and lab course is designed to support active, applied upper level project work in the field of cultural sound studies using communications approaches, media analysis, audio production, and reflexive ethnography. Topics include but are not limited to: cultural aspects of listening, auditory perception, systems for measurement and evaluation of sound, soundwalking and urban sound design, race and gender dimensions of sound, audio techniques and formats in music production, sound design, soundmapping, and data sonification. Prerequisite: 45 units.