K509 — Computer Music Seminar: Policies
Depending on class size, some or all of your work will be played and discussed in class. It is a great time-saver to have your work ready to go on the studio Mac (as described above), rather than transferring it from servers, email, hard drives, etc. We will not have time to log in and out of accounts on the 302 computer looking for your work.
Credit will be deducted for late assignments. The expectation is that you will go beyond the bare minimum and show some creative initiative when doing the assignments. Work done on assignments can easily be incorporated into the final project. You are highly encouraged to experiment, once the basic requirements have been fulfilled.
Since this is one of the last classes that most of you will take in this subject, it’s a good opportunity to develop your ability to work out technical problems on your own. I’m here to help you, of course, but please try to figure things out for yourself first.
You should create a slide (or similar) presentation to help you get your points across. Don’t put too many ideas on one slide, and use graphs, photos, etc. to illustrate your points. Try to avoid reading your slides while presenting. Think of this as practice for teaching a class on a job interview. One of the hard things about teaching technical topics with a computer is juggling the software demands (e.g., switching between PowerPoint and Max) while talking sensibly. Might as well get used to it now, rather than later, when it matters more how you perform.
You are encouraged to go beyond what is found in the readings, by looking up other sources of information in the library or online.
Presentations should last around 40 minutes. The non-presenting students are expected to have done the reading prior to the class in which the topic is covered. You should be prepared to suffer obnoxious interruptions from me, asking you questions about the material.
IMPORTANT: At least a week before your presentation, you should arrange to meet with me to discuss ideas for your approach. Do the reading before meeting with me. Don’t leave this until it’s too late.
Pop quizzes (drop your lowest score) 15% Weekly assignments 40% In-class presentation, class participation 15% Final Project 30%
Incompletes will be granted only as per University policy.
Catastrophic loss of materials for assignments or the final project is not an acceptable excuse!
So back up your data! Keep copies on several different media, in several different locations.
Being late is especially disruptive in this class because you might 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. I do not offer extra credit assignments.
Books to know about...
Ballora, Mark. Essentials of Music Technology (2003)
Chadabe, Joel. Electric Sound: The Past and Promise of Electronic Music (1996)
Cook, Perry R. Real Sound Synthesis for Interactive Applications (2002) [IU eresource version here]
Dodge, Charles and Thomas A. Jerse. Computer Music: Synthesis, Composition, and Performance (2nd ed., 1997)
Moore, F. R. Elements of Computer Music (1990)
Puckette, Miller. The Theory and Technique of Electronic Music (2007) [online version here]
Roads, Curtis. The Computer Music Tutorial (1996)
Roads, Curtis. Microsound (2004)
Winkler, Todd. Composing Interactive Music: Techniques and Ideas Using Max (2001)