In this course, students learn the architecture and operation of an integrated studio centered around a large format digital console (in this case, the Avid System 5) and advanced methods of modern music production. Students learn specific recording techniques as well as critical information on digital audio, synchronization, music tracking, and mixing. Projects explore the flexibility of large format systems for use in audio engineering and production.
In this practical, hands-on course, students learn to design, test, analyze, and improve music apps for iOS devices, including the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Several small apps will be created and prototyped over the first half of the semester, with a larger apps being created, tested, and deployed for the final project. Existing music apps will be evaluated for effectiveness and usability, and this evaluation process will be incorporated into the prototyping stage of the students' own app development. Students learn and use the Swift programming language, and also become familiar with the Objective C programming language.
This class systematically explores the history, concepts, tools and strategies of analog synthesis and sequencers. Students learn to effectively create sounds and program a variety of analog synthesizers, including physically modular systems and Virtual Analog versions, and synchronize them with DAWs. Students explore the art of synthesis through the hands-on study of signal flow, timbre, sound design, programming, and the musical functions of various types of sounds.
Innovation Makers Lab 1 is a hands-on, immersive learning experience where students work with a wide variety of components to imagine, design and build innovative music technology projects. Students learn the basics of electronics and prototyping devices using bread boarding, the foundations of sensors, components, electronic signal flow, and an introduction to Arduino programming. In addition, students learn wiring and soldering through in-class workshops, installs, and modification of toy devices and controllers (circuit bending).
Innovation Lab 2 continues the learning begun in Innovation Lab 1, with hands-on implementation of music technology projects using more advanced techniques, devices and concepts. Max (the visual programing language developed by Cycling ’74) will be used to "hack" devices such as the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset, Emotiv brainwave headset, Kinect body motion sensor, and Leap Motion hand motion sensor. Students learn to design music devices and systems from start to finish. The course itself serves as a maker’s lab for the execution of some student’s Culminating Experience projects.
This course builds on the skills and experiences gained from MTI-543: Music Video Production, providing additional mastery of the tools and techniques needed to create compelling, creative music videos. Students refine their filmmaking methods and clarify their artistic vision, creating music videos that are technically and aesthetically polished. Students learn to apply additional promotional best practices in pursuit of video virality. They also explore specialized areas of video production, including video projection mapping.
This course comprehensively explores and combines the in-studio aspects of professional multitrack mixing and unique qualities of live performance mix techniques. The curriculum thoroughly studies the integration of advanced large and small format consoles, digital audio workstations, professional outboard equipment and cutting-edge control surface modules. In the studio, students will analyze and contrast the core/foundational elements of a mix versus peripheral accessory elements. From this analysis, hands-on mixing strategies as well as emotional destinations will be drawn in order to provide each student with a clear and focused goal for their mix projects. In live situations, the mix engineer will have a direct reactionary relationship to a live performance in order to express his or her artistic sensibilities in order to achieve a desired emotional impact. The course aims at streamlining the technological aspects of any mixing process as a means to innovate and ultimately facilitate the endeavor of creating deliberate emotional impacts through the manipulation of sound.
Music technology innovation students are required to complete a culminating experience project. This creative, artistic or research project enables the student to make a contribution to the music industry. The student will work in consultation with his/her faculty advisor and/or program director to develop his/her unique project. The goal is to complete original work at a professional level. A faculty committee composed of the advisor and one to two other faculty will evaluate the final project that results from the culminating experience. This team will serve as the examining committee.
This course will prepare students to compose, arrange, and produce music using Apple’s Logic Pro X software, a powerful, affordable and ubiquitous MIDI and audio production tool. This will be achieved through learning general concepts of music production and modern recording, as well as the specific workflow of Logic Pro X. Topics to be covered in include: virtual instruments such as EXS24 Sampler, ES2, Sculpture, Apple loops, audio processing, and editing tools. Students will also gain general knowledge in signal flow, MIDI, recording, mixing, and mastering.
This course introduces fundamental studies of musical concepts. Students learn music theory as it relates to effective performance on their instrument. Students develop of basic musicianship skills (the ability to read, write, remember, and improvise music). Students perform and transcribe music from a wide variety of styles. And students develop their individual instrumental skill through private study and ensemble performance. Students complete class activities that include theoretical explanations, playing demonstrations, and listening to and analyzing relevant performers. This course is available only to 5-Week students who complete the following courses and earn a grade of B or higher in each: FWTH-010 Theory in Performance, FWMU-010 Musicianship, FWPI-0X0 Private Instruction, and at least one section of FWEN-010 Five Week Ensemble.
This course advances fundamental studies of musical concepts. Students learn music theory as it relates to effective performance on their instrument. Students advance their development of basic musicianship skills (the ability to read, write, remember, and improvise music). Students advance their performance and transcription of music from a wide variety of styles. And students develop their individual instrumental skill through private study and ensemble performance. Students complete class activities that include theoretical explanations, playing demonstrations, and listening to and analyzing relevant performers.
Note:This course is available only to 5-Week students who have already earned credit for MUS-P101: Fundamentals of Musicianship and who complete an additional section of each of the following courses as well as earn a grade of B or higher in each: FWTH-010 Theory in Performance, FWMU-010 Musicianship, FWPI-0X0 Private Instruction, and at least one section of FWEN-010 Five Week Ensemble.