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.
This course explores technology in the context of live theatrical performance. In this course, students-whether performers, videographers, interaction designers, composer/arrangers, or music business people-work together to create new, digital interpretations of existing works of opera, zarzuela, or other music theater. In the process, students explore the work of important and innovative artists, as they also gain analytical, composition, design, and project planning skills. The final project will involve a performance of the reinterpreted work. This course presents an opportunity for collaboration, allowing students a firsthand glimpse of other disciplines, as well as valuable experience in front of a live audience.
Innovation Seminar 2 picks up where MTI-515 Music Technology Innovation Seminar 1 leaves off, providing the platform for students in the music technology innovation master's program to launch the execution phase of their culminating experience project. The course will provide a framework for project management, including planned milestones, visiting artists, and material strategies to incorporate students' projects into tangible career opportunities.
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.