An introduction to new approaches to composition in the past 50 years, focusing on electronic, chamber, and orchestral music from America, Europe, and Asia. The course will be listening-intensive. It is appropriate for both performers and composers. Lectures will attempt to situate each composer/composition discussed on 5 spectra - Cultural Intersection, Politics, Notion of “Sound”, Process/Systems, and Technology. Students will be required to perform and/or compose short works that address the compositional approaches presented.