Faculty of Arts


Media, Sound and Music

Please note: this is archived course information from 2012 for FTVMS 713.


Explores interdisciplinary debates, theories and approaches to media and sound (and in particular, popular music). Students are not expected to have specialised knowledge about music. The reading for the course engages with a broad range of media, contexts and sounds, though the emphasis is on recent scholarship and contemporary media. Students write weekly reading responses to support classroom discussion and pursue a research project of their choice through various stages - a classroom presentation outlining the project, a research proposal and research paper.

Reading and discussion this year focus on the following topics: the concept of noise and perspectives on sound in the environment; the mediation of music in and through technologies and discourses; the political economy of digital music; the role of music in cultural policy; musical creativity and labour; the interpretation of the music itself; material culture and the formats for recorded music, such as records and mp3s; personalised listening and mobile music devices; the audiovisual, including music and sound design in cinema, television and new media; and the digital networks and social media that facilitate the transnational circulation of sounds and the development of genres, scenes and participatory cultures.

Availability 2012

Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Dr Nabeel Zuberi


FTVMS 713: 30.0 points


FTVMS 730, 738

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