Introduction to MIDI and Computer Music: Syllabus
This syllabus shows topics, assignments, other homework, and due dates. Click on links to get instructions for the assignments.
Work in the Assignments column is listed in the week in which the work is due. Be sure to look down to later rows to see what you need to be working on! The items in the Homework column indicate the day the homework is due. (“for Wed” means you need to do the homework before the Wednesday class.)
There may be a short online quiz about the homework on these days, after we have had a chance to review the material in class. A quiz may cover all of the reading done since the last quiz. Makeup quizzes are given only in the case of excused absences.
“Homework” means: work you can do at home. In other words, you usually do not need to be in M373 to do this work, though it may sometimes be necessary. Assignments must be done in M373. You are expected to spend time outside of class doing the assignments in M373. There will not be enough work time in class to finish them.
For an overview of the assignments, go here.
The dates given in the Dates column are for the Monday of the week.
|Getting acquainted with Reason — Introduction to MIDI recording — Making drum patterns||
DUE Fri (6/10):
Fill out Questionnaire in Canvas
(in Quizzes section)
for Wed: Video: Recording
for Fri: Video: Redrum
for Fri: Video: Drum Beats
(IU network or VPN only)
|Basic acoustics — MIDI editing — Exercise B group critiques — Musical Contrast||DUE Wed (6/15): Exercise B||
for Mon: Video: Beginner’s Guide
for Wed: Acoustics 1 app, pages 1‑5
for Fri: Acoustics 2 app, pages 1‑5
for Fri: IRN Frequency Range Chart
|Mixing — More acoustics — MIDI editing — MIDI messages||
DUE Wed (6/22):
for Fri: MIDI app, pages 1‑3
|More MIDI messages — Tempo changes — Send effects||DUE Mon (6/27): Exercise C||
MIDI app, pages 4‑6
|Synthesis — Filters — Modulation — Sampling — Pattern sequencing||
Monday: July 4th holiday: no class
DUE Wed (7/6): Assignment 2
for Wed: Modulation app, pages 3‑5
|Introduction to audio files in Reason — Digital audio concepts — Formants and pitch correction||DUE Mon (7/11): Assignment 3||
Digital Audio 1 reading
for Fri: Digital Audio 2 reading
|EQ — Vocoder — Delay effects — Dynamics processing||
DUE Mon (7/18):
Begin Final Project
Filters and EQ reading|
for Wed: Delay Effects reading
for Fri: Dynamics Effects reading
|Final project workshop
Attendance required at playback of final projects on Friday!
|DUE TH (7/28): Final Project|