F420 | 2310 | Johnson

Meets with F722.  Requires permission from instructor
( and authorization from department. 	

This colloquium will utilize the SOUND AND VIDEO ANALYSIS & INSTRUCTION
LABORATORY (SAVAIL) at the Folklore Institute.  Students will explore
research and production skills on Macintosh computers using highly
sophisticated soft- and hardware dealing with analysis of sound and
motion.  Field audio and video documentation will serve as the resource to
investigate a range of issues in folkloristics and ethnomusicology.
Students will be introduced to a number of capabilities available on this
equipment through a series of demonstrations by experts.  Students and
instructor alike will explore a range of research possibilities on this
sophisticated equipment.  Serving as a possible model, the instructor will
describe his research into the relationship(s) between the meter (prosody)
of Somali oral poetry and the music which often accompanies it as well as
various alternative ways in which these relationship(s) can be analyzed.

Various theoretical issues will be addressed, such as the definition of
performance genre and style, the interplay between performers and
audiences, the fusion of music and poetry in song, and the
transcription of speech and music.  Other issues may emerge as students
explore a range of research topics they can choose through study of the
possibilities unleashed by such highly sophisticated equipment.

The class will be divided into three units, the first of which will deal
with learning the equipment in the field laboratory, the ins and outs of
the hard- and software and discussing the range of research
possibilities opened up by this technology.  Guest lectures will be given
by specialists in the lab equipment.  Students are encouraged to explore
this equipment outside of class, and the instructor will work closely with
students and help them define research topics which may be explored on the
equipment.  The second unit will consist of lectures on the problems of
meter and music in a project being conducted by the instructor.  Students
will be introduced to a problem of poetics solved by the sound analysis
laboratory as a model for possible research projects within the capacity
of the laboratory.  A final unit will involve oral class presentations
from students on their lab projects.  The student's final grade will be
based on class participation and these oral reports and on a final paper
summarizing their work in the lab.

Fulfills a COAS Arts and Humanities, Traditions and Ideas distribution