Experimental music: Historical and contemporary perspectives

Course Information
TitleΠειραματική μουσική: Ιστορικές και σύγχρονες προσεγγίσεις / Experimental music: Historical and contemporary perspectives
FacultyFine Arts
SchoolMusic Studies
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID600013874

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Mousikṓn Spoudṓn (2017-sīmera)

Registered students: 14
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Musicology / Music EducationElective Courses635
Music CompositionElective Courses635

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction)
  • English (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Through this course students are expected to: • come in contact with a broad spectrum of experimental music practices and definitions, in the context of both academic literature as well as different facets of the music industry • form / develop methodological tools and practical skills for an appreciation and study of music not only as an object, but as a process as well • develop a critical, personal approach to genres and types of music that are not necessarily represented through the models of notation, evaluation and dissemination applied to western art music • establish and develop collective practices in the context of a small learning community
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Design and manage projects
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Part A: What is experimental music? 1. Definitions, historiography and socio-political dimensions of experimental musical practices 2. John Cage in context (indeterminacy, extended techniques, extended notation, intentional listening, mixed media) 3. Electronic systems 4. Μinimalism and radical pop 5. Collectivity and improvisation Ιn part A you will make brief group presentations, assisted by an introductory bibliography. Each team will hand out a short (max. 1000 word) text summarising their presentation, before the start of Part B. Part Β: Contemporary approaches to musical experimentation Ιn this part of the course we will focus on current and recent case studies from a experimental currents and approaches, individually selected by each student., and critically discussed in group. Part B will also include workshops and/or guest presentations by local or international artists. The end outcome will be a longer (c2000 essay) and oral or practice-based presentation of the case study in question.
contemporary music, experimental music, history of music
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment391.3
Written assigments240.8
Artistic creation180.6
Student Assessment
For assessment methods & criteria see description above course page on e-learning.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative)
  • Performance / Staging (Summative)
  • Artistic Performance (Formative, Summative)
  • Devising & Coordinating of Original Compositional or Performance-Based Project (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Additional bibliography for study
Saunders, James (ed.). The Ashgate research companion to experimental music. Ashgate, 2009. Cox, Christoph (ed.). Audio culture: readings in modern music. Continuum, 2004. Mattin and Anthony Iles (eds). Noise and Capitalism. Donostia - San Sebastián: Arteleku Audiolab, 2009. [διαθέσιμο δωρεάν στο διαδίκτυο σε μορφή PDF, βλ. http://www.arteleku.net/noise_capitalism/] Holmes, Thomas B. Electronic and experimental music: Pioneers in technology and composition. Routledge, 2002. Nicholls, David. The Cambridge history of American music. Cambridge University Press, 1998. Prevost, Eddie. Minute particulars: meanings in music-making in the wake of hierachical realignments and other essays. Copula, 2004. Prevost, Eddie. No sound is innocent: AMM and the practice of self-invention, meta-musical narratives, essays. Copula, 1995. Cardew, Cornelius. Cornelius Cardew: a reader. Copula, 2006.
Last Update