“Contemporary” in this course has two meanings. One is postclassical: minimalism, serialism and musique concrète. The other is postpopular: dub, trance and experimental. Music made largely with sampling, multitracking and found sound, rather than traditional instruments, is emphasized. The studio component includes developing postproduction technique as a genre in its own right. The format is two, two-hour sessions a week, each split into one hour of lecture/seminar and one hour of studio/practice. Students must devote considerable out-of-class time to the written and studio components.