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MUSIC 10AX sound art Sasha Leitman and Jay Kadis


The course explores the use of sound as a medium for artistic expression, from recording and manipulating environmental sounds to studio-created and processed sounds and musical instrument recordings. We will study the physics of sound, how sound is perceived, how to record and manipulate sound, and how to combine all of this knowledge into the creation of sound art. Instruction will include using portable sound recorders, using the recording studio, and how to think about sound as a medium of expression. A final project will combine these elements in the creation of a presentation of the works we produce in the class.


Sasha Leitman is a musician, artist, and inventor. She currently serves as the technical coordinator at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University.


She has been making musical instruments, new interfaces for musical expression, and sound art installations for ten years. Her most recent large scale project was an adult- sized musical playground that was premiered at the Burning Man Art Festival. This year, she is teaching Music 250B: HCI Design and Performance Systems for Music while designing a series of instruments for live street performances.


Jay Kadis is an audio engineer and lecturer at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford, where he teaches courses in sound recording. Jay holds Bachelor’s(1971)


and Master’s (1978) degrees in Biological Science from California State University at Hayward. He worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Neurology at Stanford Medical School before moving to CCRMA in 1988. More.


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