Fall 2014

Auralized Architectures: Re-Sounding the Ancient Past

Listed in: Architectural Studies, as ARCH-206  |  Music, as MUSI-114


Miriam A. Kolar (Section 01)


(Offered as ARCH 206 and MUSI 114) Enlivened with sound, ancient sites, structures, and musical instruments are given voice by archaeoacoustics research techniques. How can digital technologies enable us to engage these long-silent traces of past life? How might sonic re-constructions or "auralizations" be situated to communicate multiple interpretations of the distant past? How do sonic architectures relate to other archaeological evidence? We will examine such questions through cross-disciplinary readings and discussion of theories and methods commonly and uncommonly employed in archaeology and sound studies. Via computer laboratory and field exercises, we will explore how audio digital signal processing (DSP) techniques can be applied to questions of ancient humanity and musical archaeology. Comparative examples of local, present-day sonic dynamics of the built environment will additionally inform our inquiry.  Three class meetings for 50, 50, and 90 minutes.

Limited to 12 students. Fall semester. Five College Mellon Fellow Kolar.

If Overenrolled: Priority to Amherst College Architectural Studies and Music majors; then Anthropology and Art majors. Over-enrollment to be recorded on a waiting list, administered at instructor's discretion.


Fine Arts for Non-majors, Science & Math for Non-majors


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2014