Brown Courses in Digital Media, etc.

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A list of courses at Brown for students and faculty interested in New Media, Digital Art, Computer Music, Electronic Writing, etc.

 Fall 2007

Electronic Writing

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Modern Culture and Media

MCM 1700: Techniques of Surveillance
Mondays 2:00-4:30
Wednesdays 2:00-3:30

Surveillance has been an object of cultural fascination since the mid-twentieth century. At first, it was seen as a menacing specter of government or corporate power, but in recent years surveillance has begun to appear increasingly harmless, friendly, even desirable. Surveillance is now represented not only as a technology of military and police control but also as a form of entertainment (reality TV) and as a way of making life more convenient (dashboard GPS devices). This shift has paralleled a dramatic rise in the sophistication and pervasiveness of surveillance through such technologies as Web cams, biometric identification systems, geographic information systems, and data mining. This production seminar investigates surveillance as subject matter and as means of production in various cultural forms, including literature, cinema, reality television, social software, and media art. Students give in-class presentations and produce independent and collaborative art projects. Readings include Phil Agre, Mark Andrejevic, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Laura Mulvey, and George Orwell. Screenings include the television series "Big Brother" and the films "Rear Window," "The Conversation," and "Enemy of the State." Prerequisite: one MCM course.

MCM1700: Radical Media
Mondays 5:00-7:30
Wednesdays 4:00-5:30

Walter Benjamin wrote that in the age of mechanical reproduction art ceases to be based on ritual and "begins to be based on another practice--politics." What is the relation between art and politics in an age of digital distribution? This production seminar explores the nexus of media and radical political action, paying special attention to artistic practices that mobilize media tactically to engage hegemonic power structures. Students will explore political action through the development of their own art work: identifying issues, conducting research, defining tactics, and creating media projects. The course examines historical examples of radical media, including radio and video art, culture jamming, and hacktivism, placing them in historical context and developing a critique of these practices based on readings including Hakim Bey, Bertolt Brecht, Andrea Cano, and Critical Art Ensemble. The course also considers jihadi video produced by militant Islamist groups as an example of radical media. Prerequisite: one MCM course.

MEME@Brown (Music)

MUSC 0200 Computers and Music [formerly MU0011]
An introduction to the field of computer music, focusing on the use of electronics and computers in music composition, analysis and synthesis of sound, and related topics. Investigates basic acoustics, perception of sound, the history of music technology, and musical applications. No prerequisites, though some experience with computers and some knowledge of music is very helpful. Significant hands-on experience with computer music systems. Enrollment limitedto 25 (for 2006). Written permission required. LL
M,W,F 11:00-11:50 a.m. (J. Rovan) Grant Recital Hall
Wed. (Lab) 10:00-10:50 a.m. (J. Rovan) Grant Recital Hall
Thurs. (Lab) 12:00-12:50 p.m. (J. Rovan) Grant Recital Hall

MUSC 1210 Seminar in Electronic Music: Real-Time Systems [formerly MU0182]
Seminar in Electronic Music is a study of works employing electronic media, including music on CD, multimedia, and live performance. Technical aspects of the course focus on programming and signal processing using Max/MSP to create interactive projects and algorithmic compositions. Prerequisite: MU 11 or equivalent. Enrollment is limited. Written permission required.
T,Th 1:00-2:20 p.m. (T. Winkler) Steinert 101
Fri. (Lab) 12:00-12:50 p.m. (T. Winkler) Steinert 101

MUSC 2200 Composition Seminar [formerly MU0280]
A forum for graduate composers to share and critique current projects. Visiting artists and analysis of relevant outside repertoire will augment the group and one-on-one meetings. Enrollment is limited. Written permission required. May be repeated for credit.
Thurs. 2:30-5:30 p.m. (J. Rovan) Steinert 101

MUSC 2210 Digital Performance [formerly MU0286]
A production seminar examining the artistic impact and creative potential of digital media in the context of live performance. Readings and analysis of work examine innovations in performance practice from dance, theatre, performance art and music. Collaborative assignments investigate video projection, sound design and interactive sensor technology, culminating in a final large-scale performance. Enrollment is limited. Written permission required. May be repeated for credit.
Wed. 2:00-5:00 p.m. (T. Winkler) MacColl Studio

MUSC 0220 Electroacoustic Improv Ensemble(Half credit each semester) An ensemble devoted to free
improvisation with new media. Experimental approaches to sound and focused listening techniques are explored with acoustic instruments, live electronics, real-time video, together with networked improvisation, and more. By audition. May be repeated for credit. Limited enrollment.
Wed. 7:00-9:00 p.m. (J. Rovan) Steinert 205. Written permission required.

Visual Art

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Spring 2008 

Electronic Writing

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Modern Culture and Media

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MEME@Brown (Music)

MUSC 1200 Seminar in Electronic Music: Recording Studio as Compositional Tool
A hands-on study of advanced sound recording and mixing techniques taught in parallel with topics in psychoacoustics. The goal of the course will be to create, enhance and refine music compositions in the studio while developing listening and technical skills for audio production. Technical topics will include audio signal processing and mixing, microphone techniques and live sound engineering for performance. Students will use Protools software along with other studio hardware and software to complete exercises and create original work. Written permission required.
T. 2:30- 5:00 p.m. (J. Moses) Meme Recording Studio, Steinert Hall
Th. 10:30-12 a.m.  Meme Recording Studio, Steinert Hall

MUSC 1220 Interactive Installation
Th. 2:30-5:-00 (T. Winkler) MEME Recording Studio
Lab TBA

MUSC 2220 Instrumentalities: Designing & Playing Alternate Controllers
Explores the science and aesthetics of designing alternate controllers for musical performance. Topics include basic electronics and hardware prototyping, instrument construction, theories of gesture, human-computer interface issues, and the challenges of mapping sensor data to meaningful musical parameters.
T. Th. 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (J. Rovan) Steinert 101
W. 1:00-2:-00 p.m. (lab) Steinert 101

MUSC 2260 Topics in Computer Music Theory &Analysis
F. 1:00-4:00 p.m. (J. Rovan) Steinert 101

MUSC 2280 Designing Large-Scale Projects
A production seminar designed for students working on a single, large project in Multimedia and/or Computer Music. The course covers planning and implementation strategies, with group critiques of proposals and works-in-progress. The class structure includes individual lessons and is appropriate for students working on a graduate or undergraduate thesis project. May be repeated for credit. Written permission required.
T. 1:00- 4:00 p.m. (T.Winkler)  Meme Recording Studio, Steinert Hall

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