Sound Studies: Technology and Culture

SS103
Spring 21

This course introduces the emerging and fast developing field of Sound Studies. This interdisciplinary field has emerged in the last twenty years in response to the recognition that all too often the academy has been dominated by just one sense – sight. What happens if we pay more attention to sound and auditory experiences in society and culture? Sound Studies breaks through the traditional academic research paradigm and opens up a new way of understanding, a new interpretation scheme and a new research dimension. This course introduces the basic concepts of sound, music, noise and silence, and then discusses traditional musical instrument and electronic instrument, experimental music, and recording studio and sound technology. In the last part, five sound-related topics including sound and media, sound and medicine, sound and religion, sound and science, and sound and gender will be interpreted. This course will use a large number of sound materials to motivate students’ auditory sense and cultivate the way of thinking through sound. Each student will use multimedia technology to create their own sound work. At the end of the semester, students will submit a paper analyzing of a related topic of their choosing and demonstrating their understanding of the course and their own auditory experience.

Qiushi XU

Qiushi XU

Qiushi XU is a scholar of sound. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy of Science and Technology from Tsinghua University.