STC/MUS 204: Musical instruments reside at the intersection of varied topics: sound, perception, embodiment, music theory, social values, and more; how has their design influenced the development of music and how might they be reinvented to spur new ideas? This course will explore these questions through readings, listening, analysis, labs, and composition. Specific topics include: harmony and the keyboard; tuning and temperament; meter and machines; preparing the piano, digital and analog. More generally, we will consider the productive tension between qualitative and quantitative understandings of musical concepts.
Students may elect to register for STC/MUS 204B (STL). Students must attend both the lab and the precept.
This course will meet on Tuesdays from 2:30pm-4:20pm, and the Lab for this course will be held on Wednesdays from 1:30pm-4:20pm. Tuesdays class will be held in Woolworth, room 101. Wednesdays class will be held in the PLOrk Studio, room 026. If you have any questions, please contact Joe Capizzi.