Music 448

Introduction to COMPUTER MUSIC

Fall 2020

An introduction to the way computers are used in music with emphasis on sound synthesis and composition. Most of the semester will be spent working hamds-on on projects using the Linux computers available in the Computer Music Project and original software developed at the University of Illinois Computer Music Project, National Center for Supercomputing Applications and Argonne National Laboratory.
Participants will access the software remotely; it is strongly recommended that you utilize the CMP computers even if you have Linux on your personal computer. All resulting audio files will have to be located on CMP machines for evaluation during both class and final sessions.

Among the topics to be discussed:

Small creative projects using SoundMaker and DISSCO will be assigned in preparation of the FINAL PROJECT, an original composition of 5 minutes or longer.

The goals of the course are to:

Suggested texts(if you have access to a library):

	Dodge and Jerse 	Computer Music
	Gareth Loy		Musimathics
	Pierce and Mathews	The Science of Musical Sound
	C. Roads, ed.		The Music Machine
	Dietel & Dietel		C++ How to Program
	Reichard and Johnson	Teach Yourself UNIX


				    Weight toward final grade
		5 Assignments			50%
		2 Take home quizzes  		10%
        	Final Project			40%
The grades:
        98-100  A+      93-97   A       90-92   A-
        88-90   B+      83-87   B       80-82   B-
        78-80   C+      73-77   C       70-72   C-
        68-70   D+      63-67   D       60-82   D-
                         0-60   F

It is expected that you are present for all class sessions. Information essential for the completion of the projects will be delivered during each meeting and I might not be able to repeat it due to time constraints. This will insure that the class time is used in the most efficient way
Attendance will be taken on Zoom from time to time. This is done out of care and concern for your well-being, and is not grade-related. In cases of excessive absence or tardiness, I may follow up with an email and/or submit an irregular attendance report (this is not a punitive measure).
You are asked to make a good faith effort to complete the assigned materials by the due date.

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Classroom etiquette

If you have a disability that requires special testing accommodations or other classroom modifications,you should notify meand the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) no later than the 2nd week of the term. You may be asked to provide documentation of your disability to determine the appropriateness of accommodations. To notify DRES, call 217.333.4603 (Voice or TTY) or send them an email at Their Office is located at 1207 S. Oak St. in Champaign.

Final exam: Friday December 11, 1:30 - 4:30 pm



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