|Introduction to Computers in Music: Interactive Acoustics, MUSI 339|
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS IN MUSIC, MUSI339, 2004
Professor Matthew Burtner
Kevin Parks, TA
Virginia Center for Computer Music
McIntire Department of Music
University of Virginia
Course website: http://www.people.virginia.edu/~cmb4f/339-04/339.html
MUSI 339, Introduction to Computers in Music (3 credits)
MUSI 339 Lab (0 credits) Required
Maximum Enrollment 25
Class time: Monday and Wednesday, 2-3:15 Rm. B012 Old Cabell Hall
Lab time: Thursday 3-5, Music Library, Old Cabell Hall
Burtner office hours: Tuesday 3-5pm, OCH 201
Parks office hours: by appointment
Music 339 is an introductory course in music technology. Students gain theoretical, practical and historical knowledge of electronic and computer music. An emphasis is placed on creative hands-on experience composing computer music. Theory topics include introductions to acoustics, electricity, digital audio, recording techniques, MIDI, and introductory sound synthesis. Hands-on work will involve recording and soundfile editing, multitrack sound mixing, MIDI, and signal processing. This is primarily a composition course and assignments will emphasize creativity. Quizzes will be given on material covered in class.
Special Focus: Interactive Acoustics
A special focus of this class involves learning to extend the acoustics of live acoustic instruments or objects with computer technology. The computer is a powerful tool for the transformation of acoustic signals. The practice of altering the sound of physical objects using technology is what is meant by interactive acoustics in the context of this class. The skills learned here are the most widely applied compositional techniques of composing computer music. In addition, these techniques can be applied generally in the area of "sound design" in popular and commercial music.
Each student will compose a piece for acoustic instrument and CD in this class. The instrument may be a musical instrument such as a sousaphone (shown above), violin (top of the page) or saxophone (shown below). Or the instrument may be a found object instrument or noise instrument such as car keys, chopsticks, wine glasses, etc. Whatever instrument you choose, it should be something you will play live along with the CD electronics. We will do short assignments in the course of the class that lead to the final project.
Electronic and Computer Music
by Peter Manning
Essentials of Music Technology
by Mark Ballora
Example scores in PDF format
S-Trance-S for metasaxophone
for singing bowl soprano saxophone page 1
On reserve in the music library are: "Broken Drum" "Snowprints" and "Incantation S4-X"
Equipment and other course texts:
* 1 Digital Audio Tape (DAT) available at Plan9 on the UVa Corner (if you use the portable DATs)
* CD-Rs for recordings, submitting projects, and data back-ups.
and other resources:
computers, synthesizers, DAT machines, portable CD-R, manuals, etc are located in the Music Library, in the basement of Old Cabell Hall, available during regular library hours.
Sign up library computers, DAT reserves, CD-R reserve. http://presto.music.virginia.edu/VCCM/
you will need to know the name of the computer you want to sign up for (on the hard drive of the computer)
your UVa unix ID to log in
download the Peak Manual: Peak.pdf
download the SoundHack Manual: SoundHack.pdf
Digital Performer Manual available by every computer in hard copy
You must get a code from Dave Topper in order to check out the DAT or CDR. firstname.lastname@example.org
Attendance and Participation %20
Assignments %40 (timely completion of all assignments is required. Late assignments will be marked down).
There are three Quizzes on 9/27, 10/18, 11/29
Final Project %25
Interactive Acoustics Composition.
The piece should be 2-5 minutes long. It must be performable by you or you may have a friend play it. The piece must have a computer music CD part. The composition must have some form of notated music for the performer. We will discuss notation in more detail but "notation" means "directions for a performer who needs to progress through a musical structure in time."
Final Projects are due 12/15/04. You should submit 1) an audio CD, 2) the instrumental score, 3) a short write-up on the composition about the idea and compositional processes employed.
MUSI 743> Syllabus
Introduction to electricity and digital audio
Wed 10/6 More on digital audio and computer music history
Thur 10/7 setting up a Digital Performer session
Mon 10/11 Reading Holiday.
Wed 10/13: Computer music history, Digital Performer and multichannel soundfile editing, processing sounds in DP
Thur lab 10/14: working with Digital Performer sessions
Quiz 2 and history of computer music
Wed 10/20 Assignment 2, due listening to assignments
Thur lab 10/21:
Mon 10/25 Spring Break
Wed 3/27 Spring Break
ICMC, introduction to signal processing and new computer music (Kevin)
Wed 11/3 ICMC, meet in the library SoundHack in library
Thur lab 11/4: Sound Hack
signal processing sounds
Wed 11/10 More on signal processing sounds, and making computer music scores
Thur lab 11/11: Sound Hack
Mon 11/15: MIDI theory
Assignment 3 due
Wed 11/17 Using the X5 with Digital Performer, Computer Music and MIDI
Thur lab 11/18:
using the X5 with Digital Performer
Mon 11/22 Sequencing MIDI with Digital Performer, History of computer music,
Wed 11/24 Thanksgiving recess
Wed 12/1 MIDI assignments and current directions in computer music
Thur Lab 12/2 how
to "bounce MIDI" to audio
Mon 12/6 Interactive Acoustics, final project presentations
Wed 12/8: last class: final project presentations
Wed 12/15 All final projects due by 5pm.
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