After completion of the course, the student:
- has insight about the various ways in which music plays a role in the digital era;
- is able to set up and carry out their own investigations into digital music practices;
- is able develop their own theories or critically assess and revise or amend existing ones;
- learns to supply these theories to self-chosen case studies.
This course is for students in the RMA Musicology; students from the RMA programmes Art History and MAPS should check with the course coordinator by email before enrolling November 28th at the latest. Only this way participation can be granted. The entrance requirements for Exchange Students will be checked by International Office and the Programme coordinator. You do not have to contact the Programme coordinator by yourself.|
Although visual culture has raised much academic interest, new media and digital culture would not exist without sound. Digitalization transforms music: the development of digital instruments and sampling techniques has changed the sound and composition of music definitively. Digital sound and music are also omnipresent in the soundscape of our daily lives: headphones and portable stereos, for instance, give a personalised soundtrack to each day, ringtones and background music add sound to the public sphere, and cloud-based streaming services profess the availability of any music, anywhere, anytime.
The first half of this course will consist of a series of seminars, centring on occurrences of music in the digital age. For each seminar we will read and discuss literature representative of the debates surrounding each topic. The seminars will be prepared for in the form of a small assignment each week, and discussions will be led by groups of students after a short introductory lecture outlining the issues at stake. The second half of the course consists of each individual student focusing on an extensive academic paper, first through gathering literature and sending in an abstract, then by presenting in a conference-like setting during the seminars, and finally by submitting their finished article.
Career orientation: |
Training in written and oral presentation of research.