History of Music - 1st semester


a) To acquire specialized and updated knowledge in music and technology studies, understanding the main ideas, concepts and issues involved in the study area.
b) To understand the relevance of technological innovation in the context of the music, knowing the electrical, electronic and digital instruments, as well as other relevant equipment and machinery;
c) To know and frame the most relevant facts of technological development throughout the 20th century, identifying the main musical consequences of technological innovation in terms of composition, performance and musical dissemination;
d) To frame the musical movements, genres, aesthetics, composers and groups from the contemporary music history and its connections with technology;
e) To think critically on the implications of the link between \"music\" and technology.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Isabel Pires


Weekly - 3 letivas + 1 tutorial

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





BRAUN, Hans-Joachim, [ed.] (2002) – Music and Technology in the Twentieth Century, Baltimore, The John Hopkins University Press;
DELIÈGE, Céletin (2003) - Cinquante ans de modernité musicale: de Dramstadt à l’IRCAM, Sprimont, Mardaga éditeur;
MILNER, Greg (2009) – Perfecting Sound Forever, The Story of Recorded Music, London, Granta Publications;
TAYLOR, Timothy D. (2001) – Strange Sounds: Music, Technology and Culture, New York, Routledge;
TOYNBEE, Jason (2000) - Making Popular Music: musicians, institutions, aesthetics, London, Arnold;
KETTLEWELL, Ben. (2002) – Electronic Music Pioneers, ProMusic Press.
HOLMES, Thomas (2002) – Electronic and Experimental Music: Pioneers in Technology and Composition, London, Psychology Press: Routledge;
PATTESON, Thomas (2016) —Instruments for New Music: Sound, Technology, and Modernism, Oakland, University of California Press

Teaching method

The lessons with presentation and discussion of topics and documents contained in the selected bibliography and others presented in class, that covers the course main themes, will include lectures (70%) and practical sessions (30%) fulfilling by observation, listening and visualisation of specific musical examples and machines.
In class teaching

Evaluation method

Active participation at sessions, production and presentation of a \"paper\" (30%). Final assessment (70%).

Subject matter

1. Social and artistic transformations of the 2nd half of the 19th century: Sound production and recording technologies, electricity and other inventions: 1750-1900
2. 1st half of 20th century : social and ideological context; Music at the beginning of the century; Art between Wars;
3. Sound technologies of the half of 20th century. Sound recording changes and audio support multiplicity.
4. Technology and popular music: Blues; Jazz; Soul; Funk
5. 2nd half of the 20th century : Post War: technological changes - artistic mutations: Music after 1950: Concrete, electronic and electroacoustic; Electrical and electronic equipment and musical composition.
6. Pop/Rock emergence: Social, economic and cultural contexts; Importance of technology.
7. The computer era; MIDI protocol and the sampler; Technological innovations and performance;
8. Popular Music / Classical Music: exchanges; Technology and experimentation in popular music; Nowadays music diversity and innovation.


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