Music 1270 Explores Pittsburgh's Sonic Culture

In the fall semester of 2014, the students in Music 1270: Music, Culture, and Technology studied sound recording from a cultural perspective. Led by Assistant Professor Rachel Mundy, they learned about phonographs as furniture, stethoscopes as headphones, and mix tapes as memories. At the end of the class, students ventured forth into Pittsburgh with handheld recorders in seven teams and created a podcast that they felt captured Pittsburgh's sonic culture. They designed, edited, and narrated what they found. For most of the class, this was the first time they had ever held a recorder. The result is not a recording in the traditional sense, but a guide: An Audio Guide to Pittsburgh.‚Äč