Course detail

Music in New Media

FEKT-JHNMAcad. year: 2017/2018

Music and new media - a marriage of convenience? Technological compliance of music - music of machines. Digitality of music and music encoding (from Neum to MP3, possibilities of visual representation). Modularity of music (music as a kit, the impact of mobile technologies). Music as a hypertext (redefinition of terms author - artist - listener). Interactivity of music - changes in the interface (J. Cage, G. Levin, D. Long, T. Dvorak, et al..). Multimediality (music in the context of other media). Music and space - music (in) space / space in music. Aesthetics of music in new media (functional × absolute, authentic × eclectic, high × low). Works of art in the age of digital reproducibility. Mobility of music - metamorphosis of memory. Materialization of sound - music as a physical object.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The student will be able to:
- describe the technological conditionality of music, its digitality and modularity,
- define the concepts of interactivity and multimediality,
- discuss issues such as hypertext, music and space, etc.,
- express basic problems of aesthetics in music in new media,
- describe musical works of art in the age of digital reproducibility.

Prerequisites

The knowledge of basic concepts of musical acoustics, tempo, expression and dynamic signs, and musical instruments tuning is required as well as musical intervals, scales and modes, chords and basic harmonic connections, and timbres.

Co-requisites

Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Manovich, L. The language of new media. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2000. ISBN 978-0262632553 (EN)
Miller, P.D. Sound unbound: sampling digital music and culture. MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass. 2008. ISBN 978-0262633635 (EN)
Jordan, K., Packer, R. Multimedia: from Wagner to virtual reality. New York : W.W. Norton, 2002. ISBN 978-0393323757 (EN)
HEIDEGGER, Martin. Otázka techniky. In Věda, technika a zamyšlení. Praha : Oikoymenh, 2004. (CS)
XENAKIS, Iannis. Poznámky o "elektronickém gestu". In Manifesty pohyblivého obrazu: barevná hudba. Vydání první. Olomouc: Pastiche Filmz o.s., 2010. s. 87-92, 6 s. Edice PAF. ISBN 978-80-904515-4-4. (CS)
FLAŠAR, Martin - HORÁKOVÁ, Jana - MACEK, Petr et al. Umění a nová média. 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2011. 188 s. Neuveden. ISBN 978-80-210-5639-8. Kap. Hudba v kontextu multimédií (CS)
Sexton, J. Music, sound and multimedia:from the live to the virtual. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0748625345 (EN)
Flašar, Martin - Horáková, Jana - Macek, Petr et al. Umění a nová média. 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2011. 188 s. Neuveden. ISBN 978-80-210-5639-8. (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.
- Lectures provide the explanation of basic principles, subject methodology, examples of problems and their solutions.
Participation at lectures is recommended.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Evaluation of study results follows Rules for Studies and Examinations of BUT and Dean's Regulation to the Rules for Studies and Examinations of BUT. Up to 50 points is given for writing an essay and another 50 points for final oral examination. The exam is aimed at knowledge in area of using music in new media according to syllabus of the subject.

Language of instruction

Czech

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Music and new media - a marriage of convenience? Technological compliance of music - music of machines. Digitality of music and music encoding (from Neum to MP3, possibilities of visual representation). Modularity of music (music as a kit, the impact of mobile technologies).
2. Music as a hypertext (redefinition of the author - artist - student). Interactivity of music - changes in the interface (J. Cage, G. Levin, D. Long, T. Dvorak, et al.). Aesthetics of music in new media (functional × absolute, authentic × eclectic, high × low).
3. Multimediality (music in the context of other media). Music and space - music (in) space / space in music.
4. Mobility of music - metamorphosis of memory. Music as a media of isolation. Videocliping of the natural light.

Aims

The aim of the course is to familiarize students with music in new media and define the basic concepts of this issue.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Forms of the checked instructions are specified by a regulation issued by the guarantee of the course and updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme AUDIO-J Bachelor's

    branch J-AUD , 2. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, optional specialized
    branch J-AUD , 3. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, optional specialized

Type of course unit

 

Lecture

8 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Projects

18 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer