Music 448

Introduction to COMPUTER MUSIC

(Fall 2019)

An introduction to the multiple ways computers, are used in music with emphasis on sound synthesis and composition. Learning how to use the equipment and the software available in the Computer Music Project. Among the topics to be discussed will be:

The goals of the course are to provide students with some understanding of the "behind-the scenes" mechanisms of sound synthesis and computer-assisted composition programs and to allow them to experiment with two pieces of powerful software developed at the Computer Music Project, Argonne National Laboratory and National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Small creative projects using SoundMaker and DISSCO will be assigned in preparation of the FINAL PROJECT, an original composition of 5 minutes or longer.

Basic texts.

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


	Take home quiz  		 5%
	Short project using SoundMaker	10%
	Project using scripts		20%
	Short DISSCO piece		 5%
	First draft for Final Project	10%
        Final Project			50%

Attendance Students who miss more than two sessions without excuse or who do not come to class on time will be asked to drop the class.
To get credit for the Final Project students need to be present for the Final Exam when all projects will be performed. Plese arrange your departure/flight from campus accordingly.

No late assignments will be accepted.

Final exam: Monday, December 16, 1:30-4:30 am



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