Introductory Seminars for First-Year Students

Sculpting with Sounds, Images, and Words

Prior experience in music, literature, art practice or computer programming is welcome but not required.

Throughout history and from East to West, cultures abound in multimedia forms. Whether in Coldplay's music videos or Disney's Fantasia, Pepsi TV ads or Wagner's opera, Miyazaki anime or traditional Noh Theater of Japan, the three modes of expression—sounds, images, and words—are interwoven in distinctive ways. What are their individual and combined powers? How can one harness them in an online context? Can the web be a stage for multimedia theater? What is unique about the poetry of intermodal metaphor? The course will be an opportunity to face these questions in creative web-based projects as well as through in-class viewing of multimedia works, analysis and debates, readings, and student presentations. The seminar will be taught at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), where students will have access to new media technologies. 


Meet the Instructor(s)

Jaroslaw Kapuscinski

Jaroslaw Kapuscinski is a composer, animator, installation artist, and pianist. His work has been presented in venues such as New York MoMA and the Pompidou Center in Paris, and he has received awards at international video and media festivals in France, Switzerland, and Canada. His primary interest is creation and performance of works in which musical instruments are used to control multimedia content. His collaborators include poets, animators, cinematographers, photographers, dancers, and choreographers. He was trained as a classical pianist and composer at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, and expanded into multimedia at Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada and during doctoral studies at UC San Diego. He has lectured internationally as well as teaching at McGill University in Montreal, Royal Academy of Arts and Music in The Hague, Art Conservatory and Music Academy in Odense, and the Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific. At Stanford he teaches seminars in composition, workshops for intermedia artists, and classes on Asian traditional music. He also leads the Intermedia Performance Lab at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).