This course looks critically at the development of recording technology as a catalyst for trends in popular and art music, from the early 20th century to the present. Topics include the rise (and possible fall) of the record industry in the United States, the development of musique concrète and electroacoustic music, and the massive impact of recording technology on popular urban, electronic and dance music. Students are encouraged to explore how the artistic practices of sampling, dubbing and remixing have expressed themselves in different genres, scenes and musical styles. The course also looks at current legal, ethical and social issues behind musical copyright and distribution.
Prerequisites: MU 2113. Co-requisites: None. Notes: Satisfies a HuSS elective.