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.
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.
In this project-based production and engineering course, students complete two production projects: a step-by-step, singer-songwriter multitrack recording, and an exact sound-alike of an existing pivotal or hit record. In doing this, students acquire technical skills, including multitrack recording techniques, microphone technique for vocals, guitars, drum-set and other instruments, an understanding of signal flow, equalization, compression, gain stages, and effective capture of musical audio. Students also gain experience with effective techniques of music production, including identifying goals, serving the emotional content of the song, effective arranging for records, and interpersonal issues surrounding the recording process.