Columbia University has released Experimental Foundations of Sound Design with Professor Seth Cluett on Kadenze. This is Columbia’s first course offered through Kadenze, and learners can audit the course for free! Premium Kadenze users can access exclusive lessons in the course, submit assignments, and earn a verified Certificate of Accomplishment.  


About the Course

This course will focus on the application of historical and experimental analog electronic, recording, and studio techniques to deepen an understanding of the building blocks of sound creation. Presenting this course is instructor Seth Cluett, artist-in-residence at Nokia Bell Labs and instructor at the Columbia University’s Computer Music Center. 

By translating classic techniques ranging from Musique Concrete and Elektronische Musik to the studio experiments of Dub mixing and Les Paul into modern production platforms, composers, sound designers, sound editors, and independent filmmakers can expand their craft outside of their routine practices. Learners will create their own compositions using Ableton Live 10 and Audacity while drawing from the rich legacy of invention in electronic and experimental music. Session planning, score, and production analysis exercises will complement both small-scale sound creation and large-scale structural thinking for music production workflow. 

About the Instructor

Seth Cluett is the Assistant Director of the Computer Music Center and Sound Art Program at Columbia University and is the Artist-in-Residence with Experiments in Art and Technology at Nokia Bell Labs, where he maintains a studio and is active in research on augmented reality acoustics and multi-sensory communication. Read his full bio here. 

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