Sound Studies Institute Affiliated Courses

MUSIC DEPARTMENT
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Music 103 / Introduction to Popular Music
Usually offered in Fall Term
A survey of popular music’s development as a category of musical and cultural practice, an industry and an object of study, during the twentieth century.
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Music 203 / Issues in Popular Music Studies
Usually offered in Winter Term
Critical study of popular musics in contemporary society, approached through social and cultural theory.
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Music 484/584 / Music and Society: Music Scenes and Cities
Usually offered in Fall Term
This course investigates the various relationships between cities and their local musical activity. It considers the ways in which local identities and popular histories are shaped by music cultures (and vice versa). Drawing on a number of interdisciplinary theoretical and conceptual frameworks for studying local music (including popular music studies, media studies, cultural studies, and cultural geography) this course explores issues and themes such as: the transition from subcultural studies to music scene studies; cultural and municipal policies for local music; the cultural histories of specific music scenes; the role of music in branding “creative cities;” the ways in which music can be a force for forming localized social movements; the role of cities in shaping the sound and lyrics of songs; and, technology and global/translocal scenes. Students will be required to participate frequently throughout the course and to reflect critically on their own experience of music scenes (both here in Edmonton and beyond). We will also regularly evaluate the representation and documentation of local music scenes through a variety of texts (including documentaries, television shows, news stories, and so forth).
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Music 102 / Introduction to World Music
Usually offered in Fall Term

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Music 148/448/548 / Middle Eastern and North African Music Ensemble
The study of Middle Eastern and North African vocal and instrumental music (primarily Arab, Persian, and Turkish musical traditions) through group instruction and ensemble performance, and related readings, films, and discussions. The ability to read music is not required. Some traditional instruments will be available.
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Music 365 / Topics in Ethnomusicology
Usually offer in Winter Term

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Music 466/566 / Topics in Ethnomusicology
Usually offered in Fall Term

In this course we consider ethnomusicology as “the study of music in, as, or generating networks.” With this formulation, networks define the social and cultural contexts within which music operates; the channels through which music, musical artifacts, and knowledge about music, diffuse; and as the basis for musical performance. Music is also considered as a key factor in the formation of social networks. This network approach has become especially pertinent with the rise of social media, through which much music and musical knowledge passes.
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MUS645 / Creating Interactive Sound Experiences: Sounds at the End of the World
Usually offered in Fall Term

In this course, we will explore the conception and creation of interactive sound experiences through the creation of custom technologies. Students are expected to work towards a final artistic/musical project that showcases their own technological mediations of sound, while addressing the theme “Sounds at the End of the World.” As part of our explorations, we will cover many topics including circuit bending, logic-chip synthesizer design, sensor interfacing and mapping, physical computing, and other topics that are raised through group explorations. The course will include an event/exhibition at the end of the course featuring student artistic projects.
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Music 445 / Electroacoustic Music
Usually offered in Winter Term

This course is an introduction to electroacoustic music, including an explanation of that term! The course will explore the history, development, repertoire, artworks, and cultural movements around the rise of electronic/digital technologies in music and the sonic arts. Through a combination of lecture, listening, in-class demos, and studio work, students will gain an overview of the wide varieties of sounds, technologies, and ideas that have shaped electroacoustic music since the 1950s. This course is not merely “how to use technology course,” rather, it is a course in which students will work together, and creatively, to understand the diverse world of this music. Students will be expected to do creative work, including a final compositional project, which will be presented in a public concert.
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Music 665 / Issues in Ethnomusicology
Usually offered in Fall Term

Graduate-level variable topic course
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Music 202 / Introduction to Ethnomusicology
Usually offered in Winter Term

Introduces issues arising from and tools for understanding the musical diversity surveyed in MUSIC 102.
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LINGUISTICS DEPARTMENT
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LING 205 / Phonetics
Usually offered in Fall Term

Recognizing, transcribing, and producing speech sounds using the International Phonetic Alphabet; problems in phonetic analysis; elementary acoustic phonetics; techniques for describing the sound system of an unfamiliar language.
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LING 510/601 / Current Phonological Theory
Usually offered in Fall Term

Current approaches to phonological theory, focusing on constraint-based analysis.
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LING 455/LING 555/PSYCO 455 / Speech Perception
Overview of the historical development and current issues in the investigation of speech perception.
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LING 512 / Acoustic Phonetics
Usually Offered in Fall Term

Analysis of the articulatory, perceptual, and acoustic aspects of speech signal; measuring the acoustic aspects of speech.
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LING 513 / Speech Technology
Usually offered in Winter Term

Introduction to speech synthesis and speech recognition, with some time allotted to other speech and language technologies. The purpose of this course is to give students background that would be useful for work in the speech technology industry.
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