ARTSC112-21B (HAM)

Music, Sound and Human Communication

15 Points

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: malle.whitcombe@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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Every day we communicate using complex linguistic and musical systems. This paper will
explore the role of sound and music in human communication and the cognitive, social, and
cultural processes which underlie such communication. The paper takes a broad,
interdisciplinary look at all aspects of sound and musical communication, from the semiotic
function of music to its application in a variety of communication contexts.
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Paper Structure

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There is one 2 hour lecture per week in this paper and one 1 hour tutorial. All materials including resources, quizzes and listening material will be available on Moodle.


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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Composition and Performance

    Students will be able to identify and comment on a variety of composition styles and the techniques in which meaning has been communicated
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Quiz 1 Composition and Performance (2)
  • Language and Communicaiton

    Students will appreciate the significance of language in the development of human communication, and will be able to identify and describe features of human language.

    Linked to the following assessments:
    Quiz 4. Language and Communication (3)
  • DIY Kaupapa

    Students will be introduced to the concepts and articulations of contemporary punk culture in Aotearoa, developing an understanding of how a "DIY ethos" can impact ways that music is performed, created and received.

    Linked to the following assessments:
    Quiz 7. The ethos of DIY (8)
  • Spanish music and the music of Latin America
    • Identify and comment on the cultural relevance of traditional styles of music from the Hispanic world such as flamenco, tango, son, and Galician folk music.
    • Identify and learn the different roles of musical instruments commonly used in those styles of music
    • Develop an understanding of the evolution and dynamic processes within those musical styles
    • Learn about the social and symbolic meanings attributed to these styles of music

    Linked to the following assessments:
    Quiz 3. Spanish music and the music of Latin America (4)
  • Local Sounds and Creative Practices

    Cultural practices in local music scenes will be examined, where students will be introduced to methods to measure and participate in creative communities.


    Linked to the following assessments:
    Quiz 8. Local Sounds and Creative Practices (9)
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Assessment

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Weekly quizzes will relate directly to the lecture topic and will contain

  • Multiple choice questions
  • Short answers
  • Identification and commentary on listening material provided in Moodle
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Introductory Quiz
20 Jul 2021
No set time
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Quiz 1 Composition and Performance
27 Jul 2021
No set time
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Quiz 4. Language and Communication
10 Aug 2021
No set time
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Quiz 3. Spanish music and the music of Latin America
24 Aug 2021
No set time
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Quiz 2. Acoustic Principles
14 Sep 2021
No set time
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Quiz 5. Theatre and Sound Design
21 Sep 2021
No set time
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
7. Quiz 6. Listening, Acoustemology and Media
28 Sep 2021
No set time
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
8. Quiz 7. The ethos of DIY
5 Oct 2021
No set time
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
9. Quiz 8. Local Sounds and Creative Practices
12 Oct 2021
No set time
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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Associations: Creative Practice and Research, edited by James Oliver (specifically the chapter "Colonial Hospitality: Rethinking artistic responsibility in socially engaged practice" by Danny Butt and Local Time) and Situationist International Anthology, edited by Ken Knabb.

Feld, S. (2003). A rainforest accoustemology. In M. Bull & L. Back (Eds.), The auditory culture reader (pp. 223-239). Oxford: Berg.

Benvenuti, C. (2019). An acoustemology of streaming media and information and communication technologies. SoundEffects - An Interdisciplinary Journal of Sound and Sound Experience, 8(1), 33–50. Retrieved from https://www.soundeffects.dk/article/view/115027

The Punk Reader: Research Transmissions from the Local and the Global (vol.1 & 2)

edited by: Russ Bestley, Mike Dines, Paula Guerra and Alastair Gordon

Volume 1: https://www.intellectbooks.com/the-punk-reader

Volume 2: https://www.intellectbooks.com/trans-global-punk-scenes


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Online Support

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Students are able to communicate with the lecturer via Moodle or email directly.

Resources, assignment and test results will be posted on Moodle.


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Workload

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Students are expected to spend at least 150 hours on this paper. This constitutes lectures, tutorials and self directed study.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite(s)

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: MCOM102, LCOMM102

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