MUSIC, CULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY
In this course, we will explore the history of sound reproduction technology from the end of the nineteenth century into the present day, analyzing the way sonic technologies have shaped the creation, consumption, and social politics of music in North America. This is not a course about how to make sonic technology, or how to use it; instead, it engages with sound reproduction technology as a social, historical, and cultural artifact. Although the course is roughly chronological, it is not comprehensive the purpose is not to learn a single, continuous history of audio technology. We will be exploring various perspectives from more than a century of historical and technological change, moving from the use of sound in 19th-century laboratories to the culture of the iPod. By thinking critically about technology's broader social and intellectual contexts, this class sheds light on the historical and material stakes of sonic technology for listeners in the 21st Century.