MUSC 5081: APPLICATIONS IN MUSIC TECHNOLOGY - Fall 2012
Instructor: John Drumheller
Class Sessions: Tuesday - Thursday 12:30 - 10:45 Room NB46 (CAML I)
Office: N1B28B or CRuNCh Studio
Office Hours: TBA
Web: http://stripe.Colorado.EDU/~drumhell/home.html Textbooks on reserve: Chadabe, Joel. Electric Sound: The Past and Promise of Electronic Music. Prentice Hall, 1997. Pellman, Samuel. An Introduction to the Creation of Electroacoustic Music. Wadsworth, 1994. Strange, Alan. Electronic Music. William C Brown Companay,1983. Williams, David & Webster, Peter. Experiencing Music Technology. Thompson/Schirmer, 1999. Holmes, Thom. Electronic and Experimental Music. Routledge, 2002.
Materials: Notebook, music manuscript paper, USB Flash Drive, several blank CDRs, blank DVD discs, headphones with 1/8" and 1/4" adapter.
Required Listening: Listening assignments will be made through out the semester. Tapes and CDs will be on reserve in the music library.
Basic technological competence is a requirement for everyday life in the modern world and this is especially true for musicians. In music, technology takes many forms, including acoustic instrument design, concert hall architecture, sound recording, sampling, MIDI, physical modeling, digital signal processing, algorithmic processes, and many other topics. This course is designed to provide those students with little or no experience in music technology with basic comprehensive knowledge of contemporary electronic media. In class we will explore the uses of technology in the following areas: MIDI composition and musique concrˇte techniques using Logic Express and ProTools; notation and desktop music publishing with Finale; an introduction to the physics of sound and digital synthesis using SuperCollider. There will also be an ongoing discussion of the history and aesthetics of electronic music.
Attendance: Due to the sensitive nature of the equipment, class attendance is vital to your understanding of how to operate the equipment safely. Each new technique covered in class brings about a new set of problems and procedures. You will be responsible for equipment damaged by negligence or ignorance because you missed instructions that were missed in class.
Assignments: Through out the semester, there will be several short composition and notation assignments, each dealing with techniques learned in class. There will also be three major projects and one final project. The first will be a specific multi-track/multi-timbral sequencing assignment of approximately five minutes in length. The second will be a notation project demonstrating the studentÕs mastery of the notation software. The third project will be a musique concrˇte piece using digital audio. The final project is in lieu of a final exam. (Exact details for the projects will be given when the assignment is made.) It should be tailored to your interests and demonstrate a cumulative knowledge of all techniques discussed throughout the term. All final projects must be approved by the instructor. Late work will not be accepted.
Grading: Your grade will be calculated in the manner below:
Studio practice: 10%
Class assignments: 20%
Major project 1: 10%
Major project 2: 10%
Major project 3: 10%
Final Project: 20%
Tentative Course Schedule:
Unit 1: Introduction to the CAML labs and software, historical perspective, basics of sound and analog/digital synthesis terminology, K2000 operations and basic sound design, introduction to MIDI and sequencing using GarageBand and Reason.
Unit 2: Logic Express, ProTools and MIDI sequencing - topics include: data input, editing commands, event list, graphic editor, notation editor, using video.
Unit 3: Finale - topics include: basic object input and page layout, importing MIDI files, exporting TIFF files.
Unit 4: Digital Audio - Musique Concrˇte - topics include: Logic Express and audio sequencing, conversion of audio file formats, processing audio files, ProTools and audio sequencing, preparing files for CD burning.
Unit 5: Digital video and in class work on the final project.
Final Project Presentations: Wednesday, December 19th 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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1. College of Music students using assigned ear training software.
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