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Seminar on Sound


Columbia University

Anthropology and American Studies

Spring 2007

Course Requirements

1. Regular attendance and participation at the seminar

2. Two or three class presentations based on papers of approximately 5 pages

3. A term paper of approximately 15-20 pages due on April 24


Christoph Cox and Daniel Warner, eds. Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music. NY, 2004

Mark Katz, Capturing Sound: How Technology Has Changed Music. Berkeley, 2004 (with CD)

Michel Chion, Audio Vision

Jazz Narrative in Novels and Film

University of Kansas

American Studies/English

Fall 2006


How you'll be graded: On the basis of: a (probably take-home) final exam (34%); a 2000-word, documented research paper on a topic you select and I approve, due by beginning of class on 28 November (34%); a combined grade based on the quality of your participation in class, and the quality of your response papers (frequently assigned in class, and due via the class Blackboard site by noon the following Tuesday) on the books and films screened (33%).

Jazz Autobiography

University of Kansas

American Studies/English

Fall 2007


How you'll be graded: On two 1250-1500-word term papers, due week 8 & week 16 (35% of your final grade each), eight one-page typed response papers (20%) as explained below, and class participation (10%). We aim to stimulate lively classroom discussion.

Possible paper topics will be discussed in class; check with me to approve a topic before your start writing.

There will be regular quizzes, but no mid-term exam. A final exam is possible.

Exploring Jazz Guitar


Bates College



Tape 1, Side A

"Chain Gang Blues" Sam Moore, octocorda. New York, July 1921.

"Four Hands are Better Than Two" Lonnie Johnson (guitar), Jack Erby (piano). St. Louis, 30th April, 1927.

"Add a Little Wiggle" Eddie Lang (guitar), Frank Signorelli (piano). New York, 29th March, 1928.

"Paducah" Lonnie Johnson (guitar), with the Chocolate Dandies. New York, 13th October, 1928.


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