HFKK00330U Auditory Culture 2

Volume 2013/2014

Auditory Culture is a practise-based course, where the development of one or more concrete products for external partners is combined with investigations of the cultural history and theory of the auditory. The purpose is that participants gain insight into ways of thinking and exploring sound in modern culture and develop competences in combining reflection and production, theory and practice focussing on a specific auditory product. The theme of this semester is Sound and the City. The external partner is not yet determined.

Auditory Culture is a master’s elective course in two parts. Module 1 focuses on radio in a media historical and media aesthetic perspective, while module two focuses more broadly on the role of sound in modern culture and aesthetics. Together the two modules give insight in and experience with ways of thinking and activating the auditory within modern culture. Ideas of specific auditory form of culture are increasingly articulated from the late 1950es prominently by by Marshall McLuhan and Walter J. Ong, Here the auditory represents an alternative to modernitys predominant visuality. But modernity also offers specifically auditory media like the radio, the phonograph and the tape recorder, and a number of aesthetic projects spring from that: Rudolf Arnheims idea about radiophonic sound art, Walter Ruttmans listening film, Pierre Schaeffers musique concrète and R. Murray Schafers World Soundscape Project, to point at a few. Today when sound technologies are increasingly available, new interest has been cast on the ways in which the auditory define and express modern lives and experiences from urban noise to village soundscapes and from iPod listening to urban sound design, and a research field in sound studies and auditory culture is developing.

The organization of the course intends to sustain learning in groups and in dialogue with external partners. It gives abilities in handling digital technologies and auditory media, and aims to build an expanded literacy for a multimedial and digital age.

It is recommended that participants have required basic skills in recording techniques and in a timeline-based sound editing software on a level similar to what is offered at Auditory Culture 1. Apart from the technical skills, it is possible to follow module 2 without having followed module 1.



  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 84
  • Guidance
  • 3
  • Lectures
  • 33
  • Preparation
  • 300
  • Total
  • 420
Type of assessment
Written examination
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship