Computer Music I
MUSIC 180 –MIDI/COMPUTER MUSIC
Prof. Madelyn Byrne
Office: D-3L, Ext. 2809
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to give students very practical, applicable, and “hands-on” experience with computer music technology and applications. This is done in conjunction with a solid education in the science behind the technology and with considerable attention given to the quality of the music that is created in this class. This course is conducted in a Macintosh based lab and will include sections in acoustics/sound design, sequencing, and music notation software.
TEXT: Making Music With Your Computer, Second Edition, by Brent Edstrom. EM Books, 2001, (artistpro.com) LLC). ISBN 0-87288-744-8.
You will also need floppy
disks, a zip disk, and a three ring binder.
COURSE OBJECTIVES: Acquire facility and understanding of computer music technology and applications, allowing students to perform a variety of tasks in a modern computer music studio. This will include learning the fundamentals of sound design, sequencing and basic computer operations. Students will also learn how to desktop publish a variety of scores and lead sheets, and to realize MIDI renditions of these pieces using notation software. At the end of the semester, the students will have learned how to create and maintain their own studios.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: This course requires a minimum of three lab hours per week. These lab hours should be considered your “practice” time in developing skills with this technology, in much the same way that you put considerable time into practicing your instrument. You will also have six lab assignments, and four large-scale semester projects. There will be reading assignments as well.
Attendance is required. If you have two unexcused absences, you may be dropped from the class or receive a failing grade. Please contact me by phone or email if you must be absent from class.
Project I: Four originally designed sounds.
Project II: A three-minute composition. This composition will utilize your original sounds and will be assembled in the sequencer.
Project III: A CD recording of your piece. This piece will be mixed in Pro Tools.
Project IV: A sixteen-measure, multi instrument (at least three instruments) piece created with Finale.
Attendance, class participation -----------10%
Lab Assignments ---------------------------30%
Computers: Macintosh G4(Apple).
Synthesizers: Kurzweil K2500, Kurzweil K2600, and Roland XP-30.
Other Hardware: Digi 001 and ProTools Audio Media III Sound cards.
Week 1 Introduction: How it all works together
Overview of Computer Music
Assignment: Bring in your favorite tunes, especially the ones that led you to
want to be an electronic musician.
Assignment: Read pp.250-262
Week 2 Introduction to Sound Design
Introduction to the K2500 and the K2600
Fun with the Program Mode, Layer, Keymap and Pitch pages
Assignment: Read 262-285
Week 3 LAB ASSIGNMENT ONE DUE
Week 4 Even more fun with Effects and Amplitude Envelopes
Creating Vibrato and Tremelo
Assignment: Read pp. 164 – 188
Week 5 LAB ASSIGNMENT TWO DUE
Advanced sound design: Understanding Filters
Assignment: Read pp. 190 – 223
Week 6 FIRST SEMESTER PROJECT DUE TODAY
Introduction to Sequencing
Navigating the Control Panel
Real time recording
Assignment: read pp. 224 – 245
Week 7 LAB ASSIGNMENT THREE DUE
Understanding tracks and patches
Tempo and Meter Maps
Week 8 Step recording, editing techniques, and quantization
Assignment: read pp. 245 – 249
Week 9 LAB ASSIGNMENT FOUR DUE
Looping sequences and independent tracks
Creating drum tracks
Week 10 SECOND SEMESTER PROJECT DUE TODAY
Assignment: read pp. 142 – 161
Week 11 Introduction to Pro Tools
Combining MIDI with Digital Audio
Week 12 LAB ASSIGNMENT FIVE DUE TODAY
Mixing basics and work on third semester project
Week 13 THIRD SEMESTER PROJECT DUE TODAY
Week 14 Intro to Finale
Week 15 LAB ASSIGNMENT SIX DUE
Work on third semester project
Week 16 THIRD SEMESTER PROJECT DUE TODAY