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Emotional Noise in Sydney


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Tisch School of the Arts collaborates with the Australia Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) to offer students introductory exposure to the relationships between sound design, music, visual image, and emotion. AFTRS is Australia's national screen arts and broadcast school and is regarded one of the top 20 film schools in the world.

AFTRS has been delivering advanced training specifically for all specialty areas of the screen arts and broadcast industry in Australia since 1972. The school boasts industry standard facilities including dedicated production studios for film, recording studios for screen music and sound, equipment stores, a set construction workshop, props and staging department, post production facilities, and the biggest and most comprehensive screen arts and broadcast library in Australia. AFTRS also houses professional technical and production staff.

Students take the following two courses for a total of six units.

Emotional Noise

IFMTV-UT 1047 (Undergraduate)
4 units

In this three-week workshop students will experience, articulate and navigate through the ways in which sound and music effect emotional experience. Students will identify, design, implement, and critically evaluate sound and music in the creation of affect in a range of media contexts including film, television, games or radio. In addition, they will also explore ways in which aural phenomena can be used to create affective impact. Developing critical vocabulary and listening skills will prepare students to discern the inter-relationships between language, sound design and music as they pertain to film, screen and radio. Students will synthesize these elements through screenings, lectures, presentations, group work and production.

The nature of sound, acoustics and psychoacoustics, will be explored (speed, rhythm, dynamics, frequency range, harmonics, loudness, timbre and sound envelope components). Students will explore the relationships between sound, voice, music and emotion, and investigate how they function in audio and audio-visual narratives. Students will take part in critical and active listening exercises in order to foster skills to be developed over the duration of the workshop, specifically the development of critical vocabulary for describing sound and emotion. In learning the unique qualities of radio as an intimate, one to one aural medium, teaching will focus on use of voice to engage the listener, writing for the ear not the eye, and choosing compelling content and relating to an audience.

Students will select and present selections of audio and/or audio-visual media and discuss how sound and music are used to convey emotion to an audience. The focus will be on the interrelationships between sound, memory and the affective domain. In addition, students will learn the process of digital multi-track recording for radio, using Pro Tools digital editing program, and will learn how to create new editing sessions, import and record audio, recognize the basic steps of recording, editing of audio as well as multi-track mixing. Further skills in manipulating sounds via the use of processing plug-ins, EQ, reverb and compression will be developed.

Arts and Culture in Sydney
IOART-UT 1021 (Undergraduate)
2 units

This course is an exploration of Sydney, from a British colony to a thriving, modern cosmopolitan city. Sydney has a vast selection of art galleries, museums, theatre, classical, indigenous and contemporary music, and the performing arts for which to enjoy. The diverse artistic talent, historic buildings and indigenous artifacts are sure to offer unique stories of the settlement of the continent.