Music 128

MUSC 128

Catalog Entry

MUSC128. Computer Music Techniques
Two hours lecture; two hours laboratory (3).

Prerequisite MUSC127.

Exploration of sound synthesis, digital sampling and computer-based sound editing techniques. Access to resources in the Center for Music Technology. Recital of student works given at the end of the semester. Spring.


Detailed Description of the Course Content

Computer Music Applications promotes an understanding of problems and solutions associated with computer music applications in a wide variety of contexts including education, composition, performance, and commercial recording but extending to situations where the digital representation of sound is a relevant factor. This course focues on non-proprietary computing environments but introduces concepts specific to Windows, Macintosh and UNIX operating systems. Topics include: Acoustics, Digital synthesis, Digital sampling, Digital Editing, Reverberation, Multi-track recording, Frequency Modulation, and Computer-Assisted Real-time Systems.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

This course is organized into seven two-week modules. Theoretical concepts, related to specific topic areas, will be introduced during the first week of each module. In the second week of each module, students will survey commercially available software to gain insight into significant trends in software development, and consider innovative solutions to every day problems. Each unit includes a written project completed in the laboratory.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

At the conclusion of this course students will be able to record and edit music using a multi-track tape recorder and multi-channel mixer, edit frequency modulation type synthesisers using a computer-based voice editor, record and edit digital samples, and create computer-assisted compositions.


Assessment Measures

Tests will be administered to assess acquisition of theoretical issues covered in lecture. Laboratory assignments will be assessed according to completeness and ability to extend basic concepts to practical application.


Other Course Information


Approval and Subsequest Reviews

February 2006 Reviewed E. Fellin, Chairman