An introduction to live electronic music performance and DJ skills, beginning with the use of the turntable as a musical instrument. Students will explore the culture and aesthetics of Hip-hop, turntablism, club DJs, radio, and mash-up DJs, and will master the following techniques: cueing, mixing, beat matching, beat extending, mash-ups, blending, and scratching (basic, scribble, laser, uzi, stab, cut, transformer, crab, chirp and flare). Students will create their own live mixes and present them as midterm and final performances.
In this course, students learn to utilize digital technology and MIDI to create musical arrangements of either original or existing thematic material using a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). Students focus on the musical use of technology and production aspects of a project, including the MIDI standard, signal flow of a MIDI and recording workstation, utilizing sound processing equipment, choosing appropriate sounds and combining elements from software synthesizers, and alternate approaches to quantizing and refining rhythmic grooves. Students learn aspects of mixing and production through practical applications of tools and techniques such as equalizers, reverbs, delays, flangers, and choruses, and dynamic processing units-compressors, noise gates, and limiters. Students learn ways to enhance writing in recording and mixing through the effective use of sound processing equipment. In addition to class meetings, students will be expected to schedule individual hands-on time for practice and assignments in the lab.
In this course, students develop skills and techniques for producing and engineering music sessions in a large format recording studio. Students learn studio etiquette, recording techniques, signal flow, and subsequent work flow within a professional studio environment. The course emphasizes console signal flow within a modern hybrid environment; microphone types, characteristics, and placement; analog and digital signal processing; asset management; and practical troubleshooting skills.
Music Technology Innovation Seminar 1 is a comprehensive, practical, and goals-oriented exploration of innovation in artistry, music, and technology. The biographies, accomplishments and traits of innovative individuals will be considered, and students will prepare media-rich presentations on innovators of their choosing. Current brain science will be scrutinized, and best approaches to exploratory innovation, idea generation, evaluation, and implementation will be examined with an eye towards adapting the most applicable practices to each student's field of specialization. This course will also function as a forum to integrate the skills and information students are learning in their other courses, as well as focusing students on defining their culminating experience thesis projects. The final project in the course will be a detailed definition and action plan for each student's culminating experience.
Our daily interactions in the social, cultural, and commercial spheres are increasingly digitally mediated, resulting in systems that are open to user input or that persist for an indeterminate amount of time. Thus, conventional notions of sequential narrative lose their efficacy, and a new type of system-based problem solving is required. Such nonlinear formats represent a growth area for composers and music producers. This course examines the network of emerging practices that are springing up in such fields as sound art and architecture and video game design, providing students with the technical and theoretical skills to navigate this new acoustic ecology of digital media. Using the graphical programming language Max, students will develop projects that examine precedents for nonlinear structure across boundaries of discipline, culture, and history. Developing fluency with alternative organizational models to traditional linear forms will allow students to innovate and thrive in a new digital ecosystem.
This course explores topics in electronic production and live performance techniques related to modern music and sound design. Students will be introduced to MIDI programming and processing with Max/MSP, advanced control techniques of audio and synthesis devices (in Ableton Live through Max and Max for Live), and aesthetic considerations in the production and live performance of electronically produced music. Students will explore strategies for integrating performance and production, resulting in a greater creative method for production and greater technological augmentation of performance. Students will develop their own dynamic computer/controller based music performance system and demonstrate it in a final performance and presentation.
This course explores the hybrid nature of modern recording techniques and stratagems. The curriculum thoroughly studies the simultaneous integration of advanced large format consoles, cutting-edge digital audio workstation capabilities as well as advanced, creative acoustic recording methods. The traditional console recording paradigm will be expanded by seamlessly merging it with powerful digital audio workstation signal processing, plug-ins, customized signal flow architectures and the ongoing research of alternative acoustic soundscapes. The course aims at innovating and streamlining the technological aspects of the recording process as a means to ultimately facilitate the creative endeavor of capturing music and emotion through sound.
This course provides musicians with the tools and techniques to create compelling, creative music videos, especially using guerilla techniques (self-produced low budget). The course introduces the fundamental techniques of music video production and provides practical hands-on experience for producing professional music videos. Students learn by doing as well as by study. They analyze different techniques and methods of planning and production and put them into practice as they create their own videos.
In this course, students learn to use the turntable as a musical instrument. Students explore the culture and aesthetics of hip-hop, turntablism, club DJs, radio, and mash-up DJs. They also study the following techniques: cueing, mixing, beat matching, beat extending, mash-ups, blending, and scratching (basic, scribble, laser, uzi, stab, cut, transformer, crab, chirp, and flare). Students learn to compose and perform DJ sets with creative and technical mastery.
This course explores topics in electronic production and live performance techniques related to modern electronic dance music production, sound design, arrangement, and performance. Students generate content and create their own music while learning how to use Ableton Live Suite. Students learn to analyze electronic music, and explore techniques for remixing, performing, and creating electronic music.
This course explores advanced topics in sound design, beginning with ear training and progressing through professional, cutting edge tools and techniques. Students learn to analyze musical sounds, deconstruct their elements and apply modern techniques. In so doing, students learn to apply new technological solutions to music production as they create new sounds and apply these to creative works. Students also master audio effects and apply automation to creative works.
The advent of digital art and its associated technologies has created many cross-disciplinary and hybrid practices using multiple media such as sound, video, light, and space. Many of these contemporary practices come together in one format: the installation. In this course, students course review not only the history of the installation, but also the histories of converging practices that have developed media art (e.g. sound, video, kinetic, light, etc.) and the main movements surrounding them (e.g. futurism, Dadaism, Fluxus, minimalism). Through this review, students understand where contemporary art comes from, and what its future may hold. Students explore the technical tools (SketchUp, Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere, MaxMSP) necessary to imagine, prototype, produce, and diffuse one's own multimedia installation. Beyond realizing a project, students also consider documentation, archiving, grant-seeking, and responding to call-for-works. All of these are integral elements of the artistic process and enable students to maximize a project's viability. Students produce multimedia installations, either in a group show or in solo exhibitions.