Schedule Fall 2020

SCHEDULE: we meet on zoom

Tuesdays, 5-6:30pm PDT 

October 6:

  • Introduction
  • We will go over the syllabus and discuss everyone’s experience with sound and expectations. Professor listens to everyone and introduces her work and the approach intent for the class.
  • Assignment 1:
  • View: Rise of Experimental Music documentary (BBC)
  • Read: Listening as Activism: the sonic meditations of Pauline Oliveros

  • Do: Deep Listening exercise 1 -- 5 minutes: stop everything for 5 minutes. put your timer on. LISTEN and make mental notes about what you hear -- in your environment -- close to you, far away, in your body, in your mind. Write down what you experienced.

October 13

  • Review of Experimental Music BBC
  • CELLULAR Vibrations: Carlo Ventura
  • Cell / molecular level
  • Brain Waves
  • Bhramari Pranayama
  • Assignment 2: 
  • View: Interview with Carlo Ventura
  • Read: Future of Music: Credo by John Cage
  • Do: Class assignment sent by Bill Fontana:
    Select an object from your environment that has resonant properties that is large enough that you can place your iphone inside of it.

    If possible move this object in the loudest situation you can find.  Place your I phone into it and record how the resonances of this object filter the surrounding ambient sounds. If you blue tooth earbuds that record sound, you can also use these as your microphones.
  • Record your voice speaking naturally (with someone); reading an academic paper; sounding / chanting non-verbal. Listen carefully and write (blog) about it -- analyze the difference

October 20

October 27

November 3 – election day


November 10

November 17

  • Individual meetings

November 24

December 1

Guest: Jocelyn Ho

December 8
DRAFT SUMMARY of the class sessions / how it connects to your work. Example of how you integrate / incorporate / experience sound into your daily life and/or your work. Add resources you find.

December 15

  • FINAL DRAFT due --


Approximately 3-5000 words, double-spaced with minimum 5 images and no more than 10 images, no larger than ½ page. MLA format -- In the upper left-hand corner of the first page, list your name, major, Professor Victoria Vesna, DESMA 289: Vibrations Matter

It is OK to reference movies and books but you are still required to include at least one sound artist and scientist (acoustics / physics / biotech etc) related to the  topic you are writing about. Have at least 10 direct references and 20 in your bibliography.

December 22

  • FINAL due --