K404/K504 — Electronic Studio Resources II: Policies
You will be provided with a separate sheet regarding your studio responsibilities. We ask that you respect the equipment and use your best judgement in protecting the security of the studio.
Please report all broken equipment or software immediately to both Prof. Hass and Prof. Gibson (email links above). Report lost studio keys immediately to protect our security.
Guests are not permitted without prior approval and then only for class assignment purposes. In particular, doing work for others using studio equipment (recording, editing recitals, burning CDs, cooking meth, etc.) is strictly forbidden!
So back up your data! Catastrophic loss of materials for assignments or the final project is not an acceptable excuse!
Be sure to have at least three copies of your work on different media, in versions, in different locations, at all times.
Develop the habit of saving in sequential versions. In other words, make a series of copies that reflect your progress on the project — for example, “my project Sept-10,” “my project Sept-11,” etc. That way, if a file gets corrupted, or you screw it up, you can always go back to your last good copy and not lose everything.
You’ll need some kind of portable storage for backing up your work. A small USB2 or USB3 flash drive works well for this. It plugs directly into one of the USB ports on the front of the studio Mac. Look for one that holds 2 GB or more. Another, more expensive, possibility is a portable USB or Thunderbolt (more expensive) hard disk or SSD.
We strongly recommend that you dedicate a flash (or hard) drive to your work on the Mac and format the drive for Mac OS X. (If you don’t know how to do that, let us know, and we’ll show you.) We’ve found that PC-formatted media don't work as quickly or reliably in OS X. It's fine to buy a PC-formatted drive and reformat it.
IU provides excellent network file storage facilities as well. In addition to IU BOX, there is a large, unlimited service called Scholarly Data Archive (SDA). Available to grad students, we can also authorize undergrads for it. In addition, there is free and paid storage on services like Dropbox and GoogleDrive.
If you’re having trouble completing your work on time, it is your responsibility to contact Prof. Gibson for advice.
Here are the grade weights.
Pop quizzes (drop your lowest score) 10% Midterm Exam 20% Final Exam 20% Final Project 25% Tutorial assignments, class/tutorial participation 25%
Incompletes will be granted only as per University policy.
A grade of B or better in this course is required to fulfill the prerequisite for K406, K506 and K509. Unless a minor or outside field has been approved, continuation to K406/506 is not guaranteed for non-composition majors and is rare for most cases.
Being late is especially disruptive in the lecture, because you may have to climb over other students to get to a chair in our small class room. We usually have to stop class to wait for this and will spend the time glaring at you.
Absences will be considered excused only in the following cases.
There is no way to make up for unexcused absences. We do not offer extra credit assignments.
There is no required textbook for this course. Most of the material you will
need is available online.
A list of other online electronic music books and resources at IUB is available at http://www.indiana.edu/~emusic/etext/appendices/online_texts_IU.shtml
Here is a list of books we have on Permanent Reserves in the Music Library.
Ballora, Mark. Essentials of Music Technology (2003)
Chadabe, Joel. Electric Sound: The Past and Promise of Electronic Music
De Furia, et. al. The MIDI Resource Book
Dodge, Charles. Computer Music (2nd ed.)
Huber/Runstein. Modern Recording Techniques
Pellman, Samuel. An Introduction to the Creation of Electroacoustic Music (1994)
Roads, Curtis. The Computer Music Tutorial
Schrader, Barry. Introduction to Electro-Acoustic Music
Strange, Allen. Electronic Music: Systems, Techniques, and Controls (2nd ed.)
Russcol, Herbert. The Liberation of Sound
Schwartz, Elliot. A Listener's Guide to Electronic Music
Periodicals of interest, some as online resources as well: Computer Music Journal, Organized Sound, Electronic Musician, Keyboard Magazine, EQ Magazine, MIX Magazine.