Seminar in Music Theory: Techniques of the Listener

MUSI
GR
8319
Course Level: 
Graduate
Credits: 
3

This course explores perspectives on what it means to "know how" to listen to music. While oriented around the classic music-theoretical problem of how to account for aesthetic experiences of music, the seminar will work through a range of influential analyses of "audile techniques" (Sterne), "techniques of the body" (Mauss), "techniques of the self" (Foucault), "techniques of the observer" (Crary), as well as "cultural techniques" (Siegert), and related work. Asking about musical listening as technique will involve keeping the theme of techne alive as a matter of both skill, art or know-how, and also technological conditions. The seminar wagers that music theory may stand in a mutually enriching relationship with other forms of theory, and hence welcomes both specialists and non-specialists in the subdiscipline. 

Section: 
001
Fall
2018
Instructor: 
Call Number: 
77011
Location: 
620 Dodge Hall
Day & Time: 
W 10:10am-12:00pm