Syllabus

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Course Schedule:
Week 1: The difference between hearing and listening (1/18)
Reading: Sonic Meditations by Pauline Oliveros (1974)
Sonic Meditation: “Teach Yourself to Fly”
Listening session: Bye Bye Butterfly by Pauline Oliveros (1965)

Week 2: Inclusive/exclusive listening (1/25)
Reading: “Ways of Listening” and “Four Modes of Thought” PO
Sonic Meditation: “The New Sound Meditation”  PO (1989)
Listening Session: Horse Sings From Cloud (Pauline Oliveros)
Gay Guerrilla (Julius Eastman)

Week 3: The shape of sound (2/1)
Reading: “Sounding the Borders” PO
Sonic Meditation: Extreme slow walk
Deep Listening piece: “We Could” (1980) and “We Are Together Because” (1980)
Presentation: Onome

Week 4: Silence (2/7)
Reading: Selections from John Cage Silence
Sonic Meditation: “Tuning Meditation”
Listening Session: John Cage 4’33”
Screening: John Cage: Journeys in Sound

Week 5: (2/15)
Reading: “Listening Questions” PO
Extended Sonic Meditation: Deep Listening Chorus
Presentation: Kali

Week 6: (2/22)
Reading: “Quantum Listening” PO
Sonic Meditation: “Pacific Tell” 1974
Listening Session: Field recordings
Presentation: Feng

Week 7: Fishing for sound (3/1)
Reading: “Field Recording” PO
Sonic Meditation: Sound Fishes (1992)
Fieldwork: Collect a soundscape from somewhere outside the classroom. Listen deeply as you record, then listen to the recording. How do these experiences match up? How do they diverge?

Week 8: Sounding from the heart (3/8)
Deep Listening piece: “Any Piece of Music” (1980)
Sonic Meditation: “The Heart Chant” (2001)
Listening Session: Janet Cardiff 40 Part Motet, Bjork Biophilia
Presentation: Jaguar Mary

Week 9: SPRING BREAK (3/15)

Week 10: Sonic Rorschach (3/22)
Reading: “Quantum Improvisation: The Cybernetic Presence” PO 1999
Sonic Meditation: “Sonic Rorschach” PO 1974
Listening Session: electronic music playlist
Presentation: Ella

Week 11: Sonic recognition (3/29)
Reading: “Breaking the Silence” PO (1998)
Sonic Meditation: “Removing the Demon or Getting Your Rocks Off” (1974)
Listening Session: For Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe In Recognition of Their Desperation
Presentation: Peggy

Week 12: (4/5)
Reading: “Auralizing the Sonosphere” and “Deep Listening: Bridge to Collaboration” 1998
Sonic Meditation: “Energy Changes” 1974
Sound walk: “Walk So Silently Your Feet Become Ears”
Presentation: Natalia

Week 13: Her Long Black Hair (4/12)
Field trip: Sound walk in Central Park.
Her Long Black Hair by Janet Cardiff

Dress for the weather. Bring headphones that work in both ears. Bring a charged phone pre-loaded with the images and sound files from the project archive here: https://phiffer.org/hlbh/#digitalarchive

We will meet at 2pm in front of the engineering building and head to central park together.

Week 14: Sonic Meditation Composition Laboratory II (4/19)
We will perform each student’s score as a group and give constructive feedback to inform revisions for the final performance. (Group I)

Week 15: Sonic Meditation Composition Laboratory II (4/26)
We will perform each student’s score as a group and give constructive feedback to inform revisions for the final performance. (Group II)

Preparation for our Day of Deep listening. Scores finalized.

Week 16: Studio days: No class (5/3)
Independent preparation for final performances.

Week 15: Day of Deep Listening (5/10)
Final performances. Final scores submitted. Deep Listening Journals submitted (don’t worry — they will be returned!).

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