• Artists don’t typically start with a hypothesis, or structure their practice to prove that hypothesis. But I think that artistic practice can itself be a form of research and knowledge production. In art, the outcomes may be more open-ended, but they’re driven by a similar process of inquiry and desire for discovery.

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The History of Musical Instruments

  • October 28, 2013
  • By a2ru      
Experiments in sound across musical periods integrated with the creation of instruments.


This course addresses the history, technology, and performance of Western European musical instruments as well as their precursors and their non-Western counterparts. Students are divided into teams to conduct experiments on sound production, and have the opportunity to build a variety of musical instruments and craft performances at the close of the semester.

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