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 Beyoncé’s music videos or Disney's Fantasia, Pepsi TV ads or Wagner's opera, Miyazaki anime or traditional Kabuki 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 have access to advanced research in media technologies.


Meet the Instructor(s)

Jaroslaw Kapuscinski

"I am a composer, animator, installation artist, and pianist. My work has been presented in venues such as New York MoMA and the Pompidou Center in Paris, and received awards at international video and media festivals in Canada, France, Switzerland, and the United States. My primary interest is the creation and performance of works in which musical instruments are used to control multimedia content. My collaborators include poets, animators, cinematographers, photographers, dancers, and choreographers. I 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. I have lectured internationally and taught 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 the University of the Pacific. At Stanford, I teach seminars in composition, workshops for intermedia artists, and classes on Asian traditional music and arts."