SHUM 4619 - Writing on Tape in the 1970s
(crosslisted) AMST 4619 , ENGL 4619 , MUSIC 4454
Spring. 4 credits. Student option grading.
Enrollment limited to: 15 students. Intended for advanced undergraduates and graduate students.
This course examines the way audiotape both corrupted and enabled the aesthetic and political culture of the 1970s. The possibilities of editing (via the cut, the loop, or the overdub) on one hand, and the seeming capacity for indiscriminate recording of sound on the other, revealed tape to be a medium with claims both for authentic documentation (and also surveillance), and wide aesthetic reference (but also mass deception). With one ear to the state and another to the music industry, this course will focus on the way politics and the arts responded to and incorporated the new technology. Authors include Andy Warhol, Alvin Lucier, Hunter S. Thompson, William S. Burroughs, The Last Poets, The Firesign Theatre, The Credibility Gap, Adrian Piper.
For longer description and instructor bio please visit http://sochum.as.cornell.edu/courses.html.
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