MUSC 420 Fall 2013
Do you have ideas for scoring a video, producing a distinctive sound for your compositions, or creating an imagined sonic world? Do you wonder how electronic sounds around you - in your favorite songs, at concerts, at the movies - are made? Basic digital audio skills facilitate these projects whether you’re a beginning musician, an aspiring music producer, Grammy-nominated artist, or simply have an interest in making music with computers. MUSC 420 is an introduction to music composition and computer music technology with a focus on creative assignments. This course is designed to deepen your creative, collaborative, and critical approach to composition by integrating studies in electronic music history and repertoire, digital signal processing (DSP), performance practice, and aesthetics. Topics include acoustics, principles of classic synthesis, soundscape, sound design for video, basic mixing/mastering, and an introduction to MIDI and controllers/interactivity. You will gain hands-on experience in basic recording, soundfile and video editing, DSP techniques, and working with a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). Primary tools include Digital Performer 7, Audacity, SoundHack, SPEAR, and iMovie. Readings cover a broad range of topics including, but not limited to technical theory/manuals, aesthetics, music history, and composer interviews and writings. Student responsibilities include creative compositions, quizzes, reading and listening assignments, class discussions, and a final project for a public concert. No previous digital audio composition experience is necessary.