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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2023-24

MUS 16.04 Transmissions: Histories and Theories of Broadcast Sound

This course traces the history of broadcast sound from its inception through the golden age of radio, the use of sound and music in television and film, and into the current internet age. With its focus on sound and music, this course addresses an often-underexamined aspect of media history. We will explore a variety of different concepts and approaches used to analyze mediated music and discuss how concepts central to media studies—including text, audience, genre, industry, ideology and identity—function when applied to sound. At the end of the course, students will turn theory into practice through writing, recording and producing an episode of their own podcast.



Cross Listed Courses

FILM 46.10

Degree Requirement Attributes


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