Steven Nuss, Associate Professor of Music
Mondays and Wednesdays (2:30-3:45 p.m)
Four credit hours. A, I.
A close study of two very different musical worlds: the world of the electronic trance music DJ and his/her role in orchestrating a transcendent musical experience, and that of mainstream and tribal traditions of music-induced trance. While these two streams of trance seem to have wildly different goals and effects, close study of their individual rituals, practices, and environments strongly suggests that they may be striving for a similar transcendent goal. Through listening and reading assignments, writing projects, and class discussions, students will develop their own theories of the nature of these two streams of trance music as well as the roles they often play in both defining and contesting cultural identity.