The Following courses have been created and are taught by Prof. Van Nort. They collectively make up the course ecosystem that can be considered as the "DisPerSion Lab curriculum", and present an avenue for students to be involved in laboratory research-creation work through a classroom context. Upcoming courses for 2019-20 are noted below.
MUSI 3070/4070 - Electro-Acoustic Orchestra - RUNNING IN FALL 2019, Tuesdays 2:30-5:30pm
This course engages the Electro-Acoustic Orchestra as a living, emergent sonic organism. It provides an opportunity for acoustic performers to expand the sonic and expressive palette of their instrumental practice in the context of a mixed electronic and acoustic ensemble, and for electronic musicians to expand their practice into an ensemble performance situation. The orchestra will engage in regular improvisation sessions as a means to further develop attentiveness to all aspects of sound including timbre, texture, blending noise/tone, and blending acoustic/electronic sources in space. Soundpainting-based conducting is a form of real-time composition used by the instructor in order to develop a novel, shared language for musical form and content. Additionally, compositions drawn from the experimental and electroacoustic literature as well as new pieces written by and for the group are regularly performed. The orchestra will present their work in public presentations during the term, in collaboration with the instructor and invited guest artists.
**Please note that a DATT 3070/4070 cross-listing is being developed for 2020-21 and beyond. For 2019-20 Digital Media students may register for a directed reading/independent study in order to acquire DATT credit for taking the course.
MUSI/DATT 4071- Interactive Sonic Arts
**Note that the course is cross-listed, and students may register either for MUSI or DATT credit.
DATT 3200- Experimental Telepresence I (formerly "Performing Telepresence")
DIGM 5960 - Applications of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to the Performing Arts
This course allows students to apply cutting edge research in machine learning and artificial intelligence to the performing arts, with particular emphasis on music and sonic arts, dance and movement arts, and performance art. Different paradigms for modeling learning and behaviour will be explored (human perception/cognition, artificial evolution, agent-based systems), as well as critical questions surrounding machine creativity and intentionality. Students will have the chance to create software/hardware systems that challenge the boundaries between human and machine expression in performance, and explore pressing questions of knowledge representation and embodiment through creation of works that blend science, engineering and the arts. Systems created during the course will sense and learn human actions (sound, motion, biophysical signals), and will artificially create new content in media that may include sound, visuals, light and haptics. These systems will have the opportunity for application to public and professional performance contexts that equally challenge existing paradigms of music, dance and performance art while exploring new research territories in the area of computational creativity.
**THIS COURSE WILL BE TAUGHT AS DIGM 5020/6020 (Vertical Studio-Lab) IN WINTER 2020
DIGM 5020/6020 - Vertical Studio/Lab I/II - RUNNING IN WINTER 2020 as PLACEHOLDER for DIGM 5960
DIGM 5070 - Interactive Media for Electro-Acoustic Orchestra - RUNNING FALL 2019, Tuesdays 2:30-5:30pm
THST 5080 - Sound: Experimental practices, critical studies
This course blends experimental practice and critical studies through the medium of sound. Students partake in various forms of sonic practices, while critically examining concepts as they manifest uniquely within this performance medium. The course is open to both theorists and practitioners, and affords an opportunity to merge these two modes of inquiry within the pervasive and ephemeral domain of sound.
DIGM 5200 - Experimental Telepresence II (meets with Experimental Telepresence I)
This course engages the internet as a medium for performance, exploring the concept of remote presence through personal and group projects. Students collaborate on multimedia performance pieces with partner universities in order to develop their own aesthetic vision of this largely-uncharted territory in a way that challenges established notions of audience participation, staging, human/agent interaction and inter-performer dialogue. Pressing technical issues related to networking, visual and spatial rendering and audio engineering for telematic performance are engaged in the context of real performance events, bringing together students of both performing arts and digital media development in collaboration. The course accommodates and leverages student backgrounds across disciplines including music, dance, computer science, visual arts, film/video, theatre, engineering and digital media. Network-based multimedia improvisation sessions are used as a resource in project development, as well as critical examination of existing pieces from the telematic performance literature.