RCHUMS 252 - Topics in Musical Expression
Section: 002 Electronic Music: Past, Present and Future
Term: FA 2010
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
Course Note:
An introduction to performance of a specific style of instrumental music.
Requirements & Distribution:
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This course will examine the legacy and definition of electronic music from its inception to its unfathomable future.

From Muzak to ring tones, the influence of music technology has morphed into a cultural phenomenon that infiltrates the environment of our daily lives.

  • How did this happen?
  • What does it mean to us?
  • From the field to Pro Tools, what is the state of recording?
  • From the Theremin to the MIDI carillon, what are the instruments?
  • From the wax cylinder to mp3, what are the formats?
  • From Düsseldorf to Detroit, where are the scenes?
  • From mainframe to laptop, what are the processors?
  • From Schaeffer to Jenkinson, who are the pioneers?
  • From ambient to mash-up, what are the types?
  • From analog to digital, what are the methods?
  • From AM/FM to podcasting, what are the transmissions?
  • From labels to downloads, what are the distributions?
  • From Mackie to Moog, who are the makers?

These and many more such questions will fuel the content of this course.
The coursework will involve extensive reading, watching, writing, listening, discussion, and even music-making. Special emphasis will be placed on finding personalized and creative solutions to assignments and exams. There will be listening exams, written reports of live events, and project-based exams. Formal musical training and/or prior experience in electronic music are not required, but may prove useful. It is strongly advised that each student have a laptop computer with music software and/or access to electronic gear for use in class.

RCHUMS 252 - Topics in Musical Expression
Schedule Listing
001 (LAB)
4RC Ugrd
MW 10:00AM - 12:00PM
002 (LAB)
MW 2:00PM - 4:00PM
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