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New Honours Class: The Sounding City

This fall, a new Honours Class entitled The Sounding City will be offered, in collaboration with ACPA and the Science Faculty. The class instructors will be Prof. Marcel Cobussen and Edwin van der Heide. They state that one of their main objectives for this course is "to develop awareness regarding the role and creation of sound, sound design and sounding art in public spaces".

What is the class about?

Sound is one of the most significant, yet least-discussed, aspects of public spaces in urban environments. Architects, engineers, and urban planners invariably stress the visual and tactile aspects of urban environments but often pay less or no attention to the aural consequences of their interventions; sound is often considered to be an inevitable by-product.

The course The Sounding City aims to increase the attention to the role of sound, sound design, and sounding art in urban spaces. Sound can be considered both as an epistemological tool and as an aesthetical instrument. Furthermore, the course will illustrate that sound can have social, political, ethical, and economic power.

From its start the course will combine a strong theoretical, and a challenging practical track. The content is a hybrid of knowledge transmission, critical reflection, and the development of practical skills challenging students to create sounding art themselves.


More information

For more information, please keep an eye on the Honours Classes webpage. The full programme for the coming academic year will be published here shortly.

ACPA will also offer the Honours Classes Writing Art and Music and Society: How you choose music and how music chooses you in the coming academic year.