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Writing and Sound

We will examine the relationships between writing words and recording sounds, between reading texts and listening to music in order to develop new writing or enhance writing projects in progress. Through activities like sound journaling and field recordings, students of all levels and genres will develop techniques to explore the intersection of writing and sound and incorporate those discoveries into their own writing.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.

If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.

If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Instructor: Gust Burns

Class Type: 6 Sessions

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Start Date: 07/27/2016

End Date: 08/31/2016

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Gust Burns

Gust Burns is an artist and scholar who makes work that is woven through fields including experimental composition, jazz, contemporary art practices, black studies, marxist studies, art-critical theory, and musicology. With a history as an improvising pianist, he composes by utilizing multiple procedures - problematizing divisions between performance, score, recording, and text. Two ways of thinking about the project: to uncover listening as social-historically constructed assemblage, and to elaborate and rehearse ways of being together (playing and hearing music). Burns holds an MFA in music/sound from Bard College, and is a PhD student in the University of Washington's English Department.

Teaching Philosophy: I understand criticality and creativity to each be most effective when realized together as two elements of one movement. Accordingly, my foremost teaching goal is to help students develop a porous relationship between the two, such that the critical becomes increasingly creative, and the creative knows itself for what it is.
Writers I Return To: Nathaniel Mackey, Fred Moten, Karl Marx, Cecil Taylor, Ted Berrigan, Ralph Ellison, Hortense Spillers, King Tubby, Maurizio Lazzarato.

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