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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • CMS.710J (Spring 2008) 
  • Course Title:
  • The Anthropology of Sound 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Anthropology 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Stefan Helmreich 
  • Course Introduction:
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  • 21A.360J / STS.065J / CMS.710J The Anthropology of Sound



    Spring 2008




    Course Highlights




    21A.360J / STS.065J / CMS.710J The Anthropology of Sound



    Spring 2008


    Photo of a small group of adults and children, wearing colored jumpsuits and in various poses of concentrated listening.
    Listening as a collective act. (Photograph courtesy of Chiu Longina.)


    Course Description


    This class examines the ways humans experience the realm of sound and how perceptions and technologies of sound emerge from cultural, economic, and historical worlds. In addition to learning about how environmental, linguistic, and musical sounds are construed cross-culturally, students learn about the rise of telephony, architectural acoustics, and sound recording, as well as about the globalized travel of these technologies. Questions of ownership, property, authorship, and copyright in the age of digital file sharing are also addressed. A major concern will be with how the sound/noise boundary has been imagined, created, and modeled across diverse sociocultural and scientific contexts. Auditory examples — sound art, environmental recordings, music — will be provided and invited throughout the term.
     

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