SoundScapes: Hearing in the Age of Digital Media
11/14/2013, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free Open to the Public
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Nov. 14: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. First Amendment Center, 1207 18th Ave. S.
Nov. 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Curb Center, 1801 Edgehill Ave.
cmap1 Conference: SoundScapes: Hearing in the Age of Digital Media
The rise of digital media over the last few decades has dramatically changed the way in which we make and consume sound within the contexts of our everyday lives. Whether we play ongoing music streams at home, freely reassemble audible objects with the help of our computers, listen to a diverse range of prerecorded sounds on the move, or find ourselves subjected to continuous sound in every arena of the public sphere—the advent of digital media has led to an unprecedented mobilization of sound as much as it has raised fundamental questions about existing structures of attention. While some critics argue that listeners have greater freedom and autonomy today than ever before, others feel as if today’s digital soundscapes overwhelm and stupefy the human ear. Either way, listening today is not what is used to be. Recent media changes have reshaped how we attend to sound and music, and we need new vocabularies to study and evaluate how those changes have altered our sense of hearing and the importance of sound in contemporary art, entertainment, politics, and knowledge production.
cmap-1 is co-sponsored by the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy and the Max Kade Center for European and German Studies.