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Writing with Sound

This course will examine recording, editing, and distribution of sound as a form of writing. In a contemporary world where writing is mostly digital, we often overlook the presence of sound--music that accompanies video, voice published as podcasts, noise remixed into an ambient art form or as background for daily life. In order to understand the rhetorical effects of sound compositions, this course will read and discuss important works in the field of sound studies and offer an introduction to using open source digital audio editing tools for writing with sound. At the end of the end of the course, students should be able to: identify various sound genres and their rhetorical effects; understand the technical and practical affordances for producing sound; and, compose effective digital podcasts and audio essays. A complete course description and syllabus can be found on the class website.