The dates given in the Week column are for the Tuesday of the week.
Reading is due at the Tuesday group class. There will be a short quiz about the reading on some Tuesdays.
Listening indicates a piece to which you will listen and respond in Canvas before the Tuesday group class. (You’re not expected to listen to the pieces in Week 1 before class.)
Assignments and Exercises are due at your tutorial time.
|Week||Topic||Reading & Listening||Assignments|
|Week 1 (8/27)||Overview; scheduling||
Jonty Harrison: [VPN]
Internal Combustion (2006)
Manuella Blackburn: Switched On (2011)
|Week 2 (9/3)||Acoustics 1 (sound, speed of sound, waves, frequency); microphones, recording||
Week 2 Reading in Canvas
Natasha Barrett: “In the Rain,” from Three Fictions (2000)
|Start Assignment 1: Recording.|
|Week 3 (9/10)||Acoustics 2 (amplitude, partials, phase, resonance); creating phrases with audio in DAWs||
Week 3 Reading in Canvas
Panayiotis Kokoras: Construct Synthesis (2010)
DUE: Assignment 1: Recording
Start Assignment 2: Editing.
|Week 4 (9/17)||Acoustics 3 (reflection, standing waves, formants, psychoacoustics); pitch-shifting, time-scaling||
Week 4 Reading in Canvas
Katharine Norman: Hard Cash (and small dreams of change) (1997)
DUE: Assignment 2: Editing
Start Assignment 3: Short Piece.
|Week 5 (9/24)||Effects (EQ, delay, reverb); mixing; busing||
Week 5 Reading in Canvas
Hildegard Westerkamp: Kits Beach Soundwalk (1989)
|(Work on Assignment 3.)|
|Week 6 (10/1)||Final mixdown/bounce; digital audio theory||
Week 6 Reading in Canvas
Benjamin Broening: Twilight Shift, for flute and electronics (2012)
|(Work on Assignment 3.)|
|Week 7 (10/8)||Review; MIDI in DAWs; virtual instruments||
Week 7 Reading in Canvas
Zack Browning: Network Slammer, for amplified flute and computer-generated tape (1998)
|DUE: Assignment 3: Short Piece|
|Week 8 (10/15)||TEST 1||Start Assignment 4: MIDI Sequence.|
|Week 9 (10/22)||MIDI hardware; MIDI protocol; using MIDI cc’s: automation and real-time control||Week 9 Reading in Canvas||[nothing]|
|Week 10 (10/29)||MIDI continued; spatialization and multichannel mixing||Scott Wyatt: On a Roll (2004)||
DUE: Assignment 4: MIDI Sequence
Start Final Project.
|Week 11 (11/5)||Intro to synthesis (part 1): the voltage-controlled analog synthesis model, waveforms and spectra, envelopes||
Week 11 Reading in Canvas
Morton Subotnick: Silver Apples of the Moon (1967)
|Start Exercise A: Basic Patch.|
|Week 12 (11/12)||Intro to synthesis (part 2): sub-audio rate modulation, more complex patches||Week 12 Reading in Canvas||
Exercise A: Basic Patch
Start Exercise B: Modulation.
|Week 13 (11/19)||Intro to synthesis (part 3): filters||Week 13 Reading in Canvas||DUE: Exercise B: Modulation|
|Week 14 (12/3)||TEST 2||(Work on Final Project.)|
|Week 15 (12/10)||Dynamics processing (limiter, compressor, gate, expander); side-chain compression; parallel (upward) compression||
Wikipedia compression article
Compression 101, part 1 (Youtube)
Compression 101, part 2 (Youtube)
Parallel Compression (mainly for Figure 1)
|Complete draft of Final Project.|
|Exam Week (12/17)||Project performances||Final Project (be ready to play Tuesday)|