4.648J / 21A.507J / 4.649
Resonance: Sonic Experience, Science, and Art

4.648 — undergraduate subject
4.649 — graduate subject

Examines the sonic phenomena and experiences that motivate scientific, humanistic, and artistic practices. This subject explores the aesthetic and technical aspects of how we hear, how we measure or describe vibrations, how we record / compress / and distribute resonating materials, and how we can be certain about what we know about the world. Although this course has its center in sound as an aesthetic, social, and scientific object, we also investigate how resonance was created as a term of analysis in acoustics, architecture, and music theory. Students will make a sonic artifact or research project as a final requirement.