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Sound Practices in Critical Media Practices

Dr. Lobel teaches and develops the curricula for the Sound Practices emphasis in the Department of Critical Media Practices at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The department is part of the College of Media, Communication, and Information, and emphasizes the merger of new artistic practices with in-depth critical perspectives to promote thoughtful and innovative multimedia creation.

From the website: “The Department of Critical Media Practices addresses the how and why of creative practices in the 21st century.

Pursuing a Media Production degree from the Department of Critical Media Practices means creating and thinking about media in completely new and innovative ways.  

You will also learn critical perspectives so that you can place media practices within a broad cultural and historical continuum of innovation. We are educating future media artists and creators, which means developing professional production skills in a constructive and collaborative environment.”

Sound Practices in Critical Media Practices

Dr. Lobel teaches and develops the curricula for the Sound Practices emphasis in the Department of Critical Media Practices at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The department is part of the College of Media, Communication, and Information, and emphasizes the merger of new artistic practices with in-depth critical perspectives to promote thoughtful and innovative multimedia creation.

From the website: “The Department of Critical Media Practices addresses the how and why of creative practices in the 21st century.

Pursuing a Media Production degree from the Department of Critical Media Practices means creating and thinking about media in completely new and innovative ways.  

You will also learn critical perspectives so that you can place media practices within a broad cultural and historical continuum of innovation. We are educating future media artists and creators, which means developing professional production skills in a constructive and collaborative environment.”

Course Overviews

 Dr. Lobel’s sound courses fall into three categories: creation, production, and critical thought. The classes are designed to be interwoven, and across 18 credit hours introduce students to a holistic approach to their musical practices. Theory, history, and critical perspectives are taught alongside practical application and artistic creation, providing an education that is focused on both aesthetic and praxial understanding of the student’s craft.

SOUND PRODUCTION

Acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to work concert halls, studios, and multimedia productions. Students in these courses work on film projects, podcasts, studio recordings, and more, while learning how to select and use the appropriate hardware and software.

CRITICAL THOUGHT

The development of critical thought through exploration of sound practices and philosophies helps students put their own work into historical and cultural context. Readings and discussion around leading philosophical perspectives, global musical practices, the creative process, and the history of acoustic and electronic music enrich our own creative perspectives.

MUSIC CREATION AND PERFORMANCE

These courses dive into a variety of programs and concepts revolving around the creation and performance of new electronic music. Classes emphasize current and forward-looking techniques, and provide opportunities for students to create and perform works in their own personal style while developing familiarity with new practices

CREATIVE WEB PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT

Outside of the Sound Emphasis courses, Dr. Lobel also teaches a class on web portfolio development. Students learn to create and maintain a professional artistic portfolio site using the front-end web stack and WordPress. The class takes students through an introduction to HTML and CSS before turning attention to WordPress, where students then learn the fundamentals of how to build and maintain an aesthetically unique professional site that reflects their artistic identity.

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