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Course, academic year 2023/2024
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Music from Nature - YMSKA52
Title: Music from Nature
Guaranteed by: Programme Anthropological studies (24-KOA)
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Actual: from 2023
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 3
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:0/4, C [DS]
Capacity: unknown / 10 (10)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
Key competences:  
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: doc. PhDr. Zuzana Jurková, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): doc. PhDr. Zuzana Jurková, Ph.D.
Class: Courses available to incoming students
Co-requisite : {The course under this code is intended for MA level students. BA students interested in this course need to enrol the BA level code that begins with "YB".}
Incompatibility : YBAJ219
Is incompatible with: YBAJ219
Annotation -
Last update: Bc. Jakub Kvizda (18.01.2024)
A five-day seminar for students at all levels on how to make music with the sounds and structures of the natural world. We will review the music and writings of others who have worked in this way, and go out in the field listening with our ears, and our technologies, then return to the classroom and studio to work in our own diverse ways, culminating in an informal performance for the group and for the public. The course will be taught by hosting profesor David Rothenberg, New Jersey Technological University, USA, in collaboration with doc. Zuzana Jurková, Phd, and Oldřich Poděbradský, PhD., FHS UK.
Last update: Bc. Jakub Kvizda (18.01.2024)

* Monday 20 - Friday 24 May, 2024

DAY 1: introduction to the connection between natural sound and music. We will listen to musical examples, nature sounds, figure out how they connect. Day will be divided between listening indoors, then going outside as well. (Every day will have a mix)
DAY 2: the story of the soundscape. We will study the work of R. Murray Schafer and how he influenced the way we listen to the landscape, and pass judgments about it. We do some soundwalking.
DAY 3: How the use of nature in music has CHANGED over the last decades. What difference technology makes. We will discuss our reading. On this day we also explore the freetware Audacity and how it can be used to manipulate natural sounds. We go outside and RECORD sounds and learn how to work with them in creative ways.
DAY 4: We continue in our discussions, walking, listening, and recording. We develop our skills re Audacity.

DAY 5: We work on our own musical projects, in groups, and at the end of the day, present them in a concert.
NOTE: these activities could be divided differently among the five days.�

Learning resources
Last update: Bc. Jakub Kvizda (18.01.2023)

Selected texts from:

  • R. Murray Schafer, The Soundscape;
  • David Rothenberg, Nightingales in Berlin, and The Book of Music and Nature;
  • Karen Bakker, The Sounds of Life;
  • David George Haskell, Sounds Wild and Broken.

Texts will be available on-line.

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