Folklore | Technologies of Sound
F410 | 27205 | Fales


Listeners of the 21st century live in a world of sounds that were
unavailable in earlier centuries, and they think about and relate to
sound in ways that would have been alien to listeners of other
eras.  This course will look at the devices by which sound has been
produced, analyzed, manipulated, and recorded through history and
across cultures, defining “technology” broadly to include any
implement or process that changes sound as it occurs in nature.  We
will focus selectively on a range of technologies, with two
objectives in mind:  first, to uncover patterns in sound
manipulation that tell us something about human listening; and
second, to trace the attitudes of listeners toward sound and their
strategies of listening as they developed in response to
technological innovation.
Fulfills COAS Arts and Humanities