Michael O’Malley Fall 2021
This course will explore the history of American music and music technology, focusing especially on digital technology as it developed after WWII. The course will alternate between the history of digital media and the history of American music, looking at where they merge. We will be considering the larger question of what communications technology does not just for you, but to you—what does it mean to adopt a new technology? Your final project will be to make a song using GarageBand or similar software, and annotate the experience. The song does not have to be good.
Nicholas Carr, The Shallows
Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman, A Mind at Play
Karl Miller, Segregating Sound
Stephen Witt, How Music Got Free
Wednesday, September 8: Discussion: Carr, The Shallows
Monday, September 13: 1st reading quiz due.
Monday, September 20: Lecture: Analog systems
Wednesday, September 22: Lecture: discuss Soni and Goodman, A Mind at Play
Monday, October 4: Lecture: History of Recording.
Wednesday, October 6: Lecture: The making of musical genre and the history of distribution
Monday, October 18: Lecture: Imperialism and musical movement
Wednesday, October 20: Discuss Miller, Segregating Sound
Monday, October 25: TBD
Wednesday, October 27: TBD
Monday, November 1: Lecture: Open source, Wikipedia and crowd sourcing: read this article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/01/15/wikipedia-20-year-anniversary/
Wednesday, November 3: Lecture: Copyright and Sampling
Monday, November 8: Come to class having completed the Digital scavenger hunt
Monday, November 15: Lecture: Enclosure of the Commons
Wednesday, November 17 Discuss Witt, How Music Got Free
Monday, November 29: DAW Workshop
Wednesday, December 1: Review: Modeling the final project.