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Making Noise in New York: Experimental Sound Art in History and Practice

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From the 1950’s to the present, New York has been a locus for the development of sonic arts. Experimentation is at the core of this activity: from computer-generated music to the birth of hip-hop to new media art, re-purposing and invention have played key roles. 
This course will take a hands-on, interdisciplinary, transcultural approach to experimental sound art, considering intersections between music, dance, video and other media, and experimenting with technological and artistic paradigms through creative exercises and public presentations. We will visit studios, galleries and venues, while invited practicing sound artists will lead creative workshops, listening sessions and discussions. 

Meet the Instructor(s)

Patricia Alessandrini

Patricia Alessandrini is a composer/sound artist, educator and researcher actively engaging with notions of canonicity, representation, interpretation, perception and memory, often in a social and political context, through work which is for the most part interactive and/or intermedial. She performs research on embodied interaction - including instrument design for inclusive performance - as well as on digitally-mediated performance and computer-assisted composition.

Her works have been presented in numerous festivals, in the Americas, Asia, Australia, and over 15 European countries. She has also toured extensively as a performer of live electronics.
She studied composition with electronics at the Conservatorio di Bologna and Ircam, holds a diploma in composition from the Conservatoire de Strasbourg, a PhD from Princeton University, and a second PhD from the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), Queens University, Belfast.

She previously taught Computer-Assisted Composition in the alto perfezionamento programme of the Accademia Musicale Pescarese, and served as a Lecturer in Composition with Technology at the University of Bangor and in Sonic Arts at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is currently teaching in the areas of composition, sonic arts and computer music in the Department of Music/CCRMA.

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Hans Kretz

Hans Kretz is a conductor, pianist, researcher and author. He holds PhDs in Music and Philosophy from the University of Leeds and the University of Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis respectively. His research interests include philosophy of culture, aesthetics, philosophical anthropology and philosophy of technology. His writings have appeared in the Recherches d'Esthétique Transculturelle series of L'Harmattan, and in the Cahiers Critiques de Philosophie. He is a Lecturer at Stanford University, where he currently conducts and directs the Stanford New Ensemble.