Concentration in Music Technology

Computer Music 1
This course will introduce the student to digital audio recording and composition using PC workstations. MIDI sequencing and software-based synthesis will also be covered. The technical side of digital recording, filtering, MIDI and synthesis will be balanced with active discussion of compositional considerations and historical context. Students are required to compose three short projects utilizing the skills and techniques acquired over the course of the semester.

Computer Music 2
The techniques explored in the introductory course will be further developed here with emphasis placed on digital synthesis and live applications of electronic and/or digital music. Students will be required to devote at least one of their composition projects to the combination of live and pre-recorded sources. Special attention will be paid to the enhancement of one sonic parameter, for example, the illusion of movement through space, through the orchestration of other sonic parameters. The ability to "intermodulate" between diverse sound sources will also be emphasized. Students will be required to complete composition assignments throughout the semester.

Recording Techniques
Students will learn the skills required to make successful recordings in diverse situations and locations. Determining the proper microphone(s) for a specific purpose and the most effective placement of those microphones will enable the creation of clear, recorded representations of live performances, environmental and ambient sounds. Microphone types and techniques will be studied, demonstrated and made available for class projects.

History of Electronic Music
This course will trace the history of electronic music examining the impact of technology on artistic thought and the creative process in late 19th century, 20th century and current sonic art. Influential musicians, movements and venues associated with electronic sound will be discussed including the Futurists, Early Electronic Instruments, Varese, Cage, Stockhausen, Musique Concrète, Elektronische Musik, tape recorders, synthesizers, Text-Sound Art, Radio Plays, Minimalism, Sound Installation Art, Site-Specific Sound Compositions, Soundscape, Computer Music, algorithmic composition and Live Interactive Electronic Sound and Internet Audio. Students will regularly analyze important works in an effort to gain insight into processes utilized by composers working with technology.

Advanced Computer Music Composition
Advanced digital synthesis techniques will be the primary focus of the class. Sound for multi-media applications such as web, CD-ROM and video will also be discussed. Students will complete individual assignments using software synthesis applications and programming techniques which enable complete control over the sculpting and modification of synthetic sounds as well as digitized recordings. Form, in music open to an all-inclusive palette of pitched and non-pitched sounds, will be a regular topic of discussion.

Advanced Recording Techniques
The skills required in Recording Techniques (MU120) will be further developed through five recording projects. These projects will focus on the recording of musical instruments, post-production mixing, and the study of equalization, compression and reverb. Listening skills will be developed through in-class aural analysis and the study of producers and their techniques. The study of acoustics and audio theory will give the student a scientific back- ground in the skill of recording.

Read about instructor Lou Bunk.