The first session of this class is also available on its own:
Our relationship to sound as a means of communication, observation, and expression occurs so seamlessly and quickly that we are able to take it for granted. It is only when we see the swing of the baseball bat from the upper deck out of sync with its crack, or hear the piercing howl of a feedback loop in a microphone that we are reminded of the brute, clumsy physicality of this incredible phenomenon.
This class will explore the characteristics of sound pressure waves as they occur in nature and are perceived by the human ear and then will move on to explain the physical and electromagnetic process by which we can capture, reproduce, transmit, and amplify these waves. We will explore the history of sound recording beginning with Edison’s phonograph and then moving on to the electromechanical and digital systems of the 20th century.
In this class, participants will build a number of small physical and electrical devices in order to replicate the processes used by the pioneers of sound. We will culminate by building a small solid-state amplifier in a cigar box which can be used as an amp for an iPod or an instrument.
David Sheinkopf has taught in the NY school system for 10 years and has spent the last 5 of those years developing a curriculum for teaching analog and digital electronics to high school students in order to prepare them for life in an increasingly-electrified world. Before teaching, Sheinkopf worke... view full bio