Towards a New Music addresses the numerous possibilities for emerging music, including future musics in a reimagined world of the nature of music itself. In our study, music is situated as part of a web of metapatterns that explain the structure and nature of musical materials, the actions in composition and improvisation, and musical phenomena. Students are placed on a listener's journey of discovery to find the nature of music through philosophy, cognitive science, mathematics, biology, architecture and the structure of sound itself. Music theory topics both simple and advanced are discussed in ways appropriate for the novice as well as the advanced student. The course functions as a music theory and music literature study through the lens of the humanities. The course embraces both culture and nature, seeking out the grand-scale patterns that help explain the qualities of our musical endeavor. The course begins with the archetypal patterns of space, both structural/formal and relational, and then turns to the concepts that infuse the workings of time: a virtual sonic reality of space and time and the mind of music, revealed in thought-provoking and new contexts.
Course Attributes: EN H; BU Hum; AS HUM; FA HUM; AR HUM