Electronic Music
 
 
Electronic Music
Course Syllabus: NMCC-01, Semester Model
 
 
Instructor: True Rosaschi
Meeting time:  (3 hours per week)
 
Course Description:
 
Electronic Music - Fundamentals of Experimental Music for composition using electronic and desktop technologies. Digital audio, sound synthesis/analysis, signal processing and real-time performance software are primary subjects for exploration as well as the sharing of creative work.  
 
In this course, students will learn the foundations and principles of electronic music from a technical and historical perspective. The texts provide a context for current trends and empower the student with a functional awareness to generate material.  The course will also raise the issues of complexity and contradictions within the field of Electronic Music as they pertain to the compositional process and performance.
 
Learning Objectives:
 
1. To give students a grasp of the historical development of Electronic Music.
 
2. To provide students with useful techniques for a broader compositional palette.
 
3. To give students an opportunity share their own work and get supportive and critical feedback.
 
 
Learning Activities:
 
Lecture/discussion
Applied/experiential
 
Evaluation:
Attendance
Class discussion participation
Presentations reflecting class learning
Journal
 
Assignments:
 
Summary Papers: Regular weekly writing assignments explaining the process of how new techniques studied are personally and uniquely understood.
 
Short Presentations: Regular presentations of works that demonstrate the use of these techniques.
 
Written Case Study: Apply some aspect of technical knowledge and create an analysis of two works. Compare and contrast them. (7-10 pages)
 
Final Presentation: Present a new composition explaining methods of creation.
 
Required Readings:
 
The Computer Music Tutorial - Curtis Roads, MIT Press, 1996
ISBN: 0262680823
Computer Models of Musical Creativity – David Cope, MIT Press, 2005
 
Course Schedule:
 
Weeks            Activities/Readings/Assignments
 
1            Introduction to material and seminar process.
              Reading: CMMC - Preface and Section I through page 84.
 
2            Initial Presentations and Introduction to Software Options. Focus on Logic Pro.
              Reading: Fundamentals of Digital Audio - CMT - Pages 5-80.
 
3            Lecture and discussion on “Artificial Creativity”.
              Initial Presentations (cont.), Reading: CMMC - Chapters 4 and 5 through page 176.
 
4             Lecture: Fundamentals of Digital Audio Concepts; music systems programming.
               Reading: CMT - Chapters 3,4 and 5 through page 212.
                                    
5             Lecture: Notation Styles of Electronic Music.
               Project Due - Notate an Electronic Composition.
               Reading: CMMC - Chapters 6,7 and 8 through page 268.
 
6             Lecture: Mixing, Signal Processing and Spatialization.
               Reading: CM.T - Chapters 9, 10 and 11.
 
7             Lecture: Intro to Object Oriented Languages - SuperCollider and Max/Msp
               Reading: CMMC - Chapters 9 and 10 through page 324.
 
8             Lecture: Spectral Analysis and The Ircam Forum Model.
               Reading: CMT - Chapters 12 and 13.  
               Project Due: 5.1 Surround or multi-channel composition. 2-5 minutes.
 
9             Lecture: Granular Synthesis, Metasynth and the UPIC Model.
               Reading: CMMC - Chapter 11 on Integration.
 
10           Lecture: The rebirth of MIDI and advanced editing techniques.
               Reading: CMT - Chapter 21
 
11           Lecture: Sampling techniques and natural sound collection.
               Reading: CMMC - Chapter 12 on Aesthetics.
 
12           Lecture: Psychoacoustics in Computer Music.
               Reading: CMT - Chapter 23
 
13           Lecture: Random music, chaos theory and Fractal music.
               Reading: CMT - Fourier Analysis (FFT) page 1073.
 
14           Final Presentations - Case Studies and Compositions.
 
15           Final Presentations - Case Studies and Compositions.
                              
 
 
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