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Music as Noise: Making Sound Art (MUSI30246)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Southbank) and On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeMUSI30246
Southbank, Parkville
Southbank, Parkville
Semester 1 - On Campus
Semester 1 - On Campus
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The notion of noise as potential music has been an enduring preoccupation in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Various contexts for noise-based music include performance works, recordings, installation artworks/sound sculpture, radiophonic works and online. This subject looks at noise art's development from the Futurists through to Cage's and Oliveros's experimentalism, to contemporary postmodern sound art and into the current post-postmodern era. Students will learn how to create a short sound art work in a style of their choosing, and to contextualise their creative approach within the genre's history.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the subject, students should be able to:

  • understand and critically evaluate the history and aesthetics of the phenomenon of noise-as-music
  • demonstrate basic skills in sound art creation
  • articulate and situate their creative endeavours in this area

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should possess:

  • a capacity to apply and extend existing skills and knowledge to new expression in creative musical practice.
  • the ability to engage with new ideas and respond to them in a thoughtful, critical and presonal way, in both written and creative platforms.
  • The ability to communicate effectively.

Last updated: 10 April 2019