Auditory Culture

Course Title

Auditory Culture

Course Code


Type of Course

Compulsory, 4 hours/week (2 theory + 2 workshop)

Course Level




ECTS Credits

5 (3+2)

Professor (-s)

Teaching Outcomes

Knowledge of the way sound works in everyday life.

Comprehension of the mechanisms with which the sounds acquire a social and cultural identity.

Analysis of the parameters of the  social-political function of sound and music.

Evaluation of the auditory formulations based on a multilateral  perspective, that is not limited by “technical”  music nature.

Teaching Approach


Prerequisite Subjects

Prerequisite Courses in the Curriculum

Aesthetics and Pedagogy – Music Ensembles IV 
Aesthetics of Traditional Music – Music Ensembles III
Anthropology of Music 
Introduction  to Ethnomusicology 
History and Civilizations
Historical Documentation and Music Research
Methodology of Research
Music and Media
Music Identities
Musical Pedagogy I and II
Music Production
Cultural Management

Course Content

The presence and effects of audio and noise in the daily cultural contexts are examined, as well as the way man intakes audio and noise. The cultural, political, financial and cultural parameters in producing and applying sounds are evaluated. The subject focuses on concepts such as soundscape, sonority, audible environment, auditory  and acoustic culture in the cultural systems. The political dimension of music is explored and through it, its part in forming value systems.

Recommended Bibliography

     Attali J., Bruits, PUF, Paris 1977

     Bourdieu P. The field of cultural production, Columbia University Press 1993

     Bull M. - Back L. (ed.), The auditory culture reader, Berg, Oxford 2003

     Goody J., The interface between the written and the oral, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1987

     Levi-Strauss C., Regarder Ecouter Lire, Plon, Paris 1993

     Ligeti G., «Music and politics», Perspectives of new music 16/2, 1978, p. 19-24

     Shelemay K. K., Soundscapes: Exploring Music in a Changing World, Norton, New York 2001

     Stokes M., «Music and the global order», Annual Review of Anthropology 33, 2004, p. 47-72

     Πανόπουλος Π., Από την Μουσική στον Ήχο. Εθνογραφικές Μελέτες των S. Feld-M. Roseman-A. Seeger, Αλεξάνδρεια, Αθήνα 2005

Learning exercises

Case Studies and fieldworks. Emphasis in using the internet and the cinema. Recordings and analyses of soundscapes.

Teaching Methods

In participating and experiencing, and acting parts and study cases. Lectures, listening and analysis of music examples.

Criteria and Methods of  Evaluation

Written examination at the end of the semester. Evaluation of the prototype as well as the documentation of the applied approaches that take place in the workhop.

Teaching Language