The dates given in the Week column are for the Tuesday of the week.
Reading and Listening are due at the Tuesday group class. There will be a short quiz about the reading on some Tuesdays. Also listed in this column are Max patches (the “Max Tips” links) you should download and look at before class, if possible.
Exercises are due at your tutorial time and must be submitted to Canvas by Thursday midnight to receive credit.
|Week||Topic||Reading & Listening||Assignments|
|Week 1 (1/14)||Overview; scheduling; intro to Max||Exercise A Max Tips||Start Exercise A: Generative Music in Max.|
|Week 2 (1/21)||Intro to Auzzie; audio routing in series and parallel; controlling parameters from external faders; pattr presets||Exercise B Max Tips||
DUE: Exercise A
Start Exercise B: Sound Rendering with Auzzie.
|Week 3 (1/28)||Native Max audio patching: oscillators, detuning, noise||
Among Fireflies, for alto flute and live electroacoustics (2010)
Exercise C Max Tips
DUE: Exercise B
Start Exercise C: Native Max Audio Patching.
|Week 4 (2/4)||Sub-audio rate modulation; modulation synthesis (AM, RM, FM)||
Week 4 Reading in Canvas
Paula Matthusen: sparrows in supermarkets, for recorder and electronics (2011)
Exercise D Max Tips
DUE: Exercise C
Start Exercise D: Modulation in Max.
|Week 5 (2/11)||External triggers, using computer keyboard, MIDI input (grid controllers), HID devices||
Marble Soda (2015)
Exercise E Max Tips
DUE: Exercise D
Start Exercise E: External Triggering of Sound in Max.
|Week 6 (2/18)||Data-driven instruments using GameTrak and Wii Remote; deriving triggers from continuous data; mapping continuous data to multiple parameters||
Exercise F Max Tips
DUE: Exercise E
Start Exercise F: External Continuous Control of Max.
Start Project 1: Data-driven Performance Piece.
|Week 7 (2/25)||Cue-based patching; encapsulation and abstraction; parameter automation||
Exercise G Max Tips
DUE: Exercise F
Start Exercise G: Patch State Changes by Cue.
|Week 8 (3/3)||Granulation theory and practice; pitch and frequency shifting; delays||
Blocks and Birds (2018)
Week 8 Reading in Canvas
Extra Max Tips
|DUE: Exercise G|
|Week 9 (3/10)||Envelopes, filters||DUE: Project 1|
|Week 10 (3/31)||Live audio input, buffer-based recording and playback||Russell Pinkston: Lizamander (2004)||Start Exercise H: Delays in Max.|
|Week 11 (4/7)||Intro to the FFT; standard and tracking phase vocoders; convolution as cross-synthesis and reverberation||
Irresistible Flux (2014)
Week 11 Reading in Canvas
DUE: Exercise H
Start Project 2
|Week 12 (4/14)||History 1: before 1970||Week 12 Reading in Canvas||(Work on Project 2.)|
|Week 13 (4/21)||History 2: after 1970||Week 13 Reading in Canvas||(Work on Project 2.)|
|Week 14 (4/28)||Advanced topic overview (computer-assisted composition, text-based music coding, Jitter)||Complete draft of Project 2.|
|Exam Week (5/5)||Project performances||Project 2 (be ready to perform on Tuesday)|