This syllabus includes lecture topics, tutorial assignments, reading assignments, and exam dates. Click on a tutorial assignment link to get a description of the assignment.

Reading assignments are listed together with the relevant lectures and are due on the week listed. It is highly recommended that readings be done in advance of the lectures to facilitate maximum comprehension.

Short content quizzes pertaining to the week’s readings will be administered at the beginning of some Tuesday classes.

The dates given in the Dates column are for the Tuesday lecture.

Dates Lecture Topics Reading Tutorial
Week 1
Course overview — Administrivia — Synthesis with Absynth Absynth manual (IU only) We DO have tutorials this week!
Assignment 1
Week 2
Modulation synthesis (AM, FM) Audio-rate Frequency Modulation (Hass)
Downloadable FM app (Hass)
John Chowning FM article (IU only)
DUE: Assignment 1
Assignment 2
Week 3
Sound Processing Techniques I: phase vocoder, convolution, MQ analysis/resynthesis (programs: Periscope, SoundHack (free), SPEAR (free)) Phase Vocoding (Hass)
Convolution (Hass)
Convolution (Truax)

Software info:
SoundHack manual (IU only)

Suggested Optional Technical Reading
Dartmouth FFT chapters:
Fourier and the Sum of Sines
Problems with the FFT
Some Alternatives to the FFT
DUE: Assignment 2
Assignment 3
Week 4
Sound Processing Techniques II: granular synthesis, spectral delay, channel vocoder — scoring for video Barry Truax: Granulation of Sampled Sound
Gibson Granular graphic here
Granulator app

SpectralDelay app
DUE: Assignment 3
Assignment 4
Week 5
MaxMSP: Max I Max Quickstart (1-7)
40 Max Objects You Should Know
We expect you to explore the resources available on the Max 6 Help menu, as well as the Explorer. Inspector, and Reference sidebar. Also, check out the developer’s web site: Cycling '74 . Many issues answered in the Cycling Community Forum (free signup).

Edu options for buying or using MAX at home

Download and begin to work through:
Jeff Stolet’s Max/MSP/Jitter tutorials (IU only)

DUE: Assignment 4
Assignment 5

Video Project
Week 6
MaxMSP: Max II Max Quickstart (8-13)
40 Max Objects You Should Know
DUE: Assignment 5
Assignment 6
Continue Video Project
Week 7
MaxMSP: MSP I MSP Quickstart (1-4)
40 MSP Objects You Should Know
DUE: Assignment 6
Assignment 7
Continue Video Project
Week 8
MaxMSP: MSP II MSP Quickstart (5-8)
DUE: Assignment 7
Assignment 8
Continue Video Project
Week 9
MIDTERM EXAM (in Parsifal Room) Exam review sheet
Continue Video Project
Spring Break
(3/14 - 3/21)
Week 10
MaxMSP: MSP III Project structures, more complex objects and patches DUE: Assignment 8
Week 11
MaxMSP: MSP IV Putting it all together: structuring complete pieces with MAX/MSP: 3 scenarios
DUE: Video Project
Start Final Project
Week 12

Electronic Music History and Literature I: early studios, musique concrète, elektronische Musik Karlheinz Stockhausen class visit

Classic Playlist
Electronic Music History Powerpoint slides (Hass)
Electronic Music Timelime (Hass)
Continue Final Project
Week 13
Electronic Music History and Literature II: computer music pioneers Digital Pioneers Playlist
Digital Music History Powerpoint slides (Hass)
Continue Final Project
Week 14
Electronic Music History and Literature III: More recent computer music developments and literature Digital Music History Powerpoint slides (Hass) DUE: Preliminary Draft of Final Project
Week 15
TEST: Electronic/computer music history and literature Continue Final Project

(Finals Week)


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