Courses

e.g. AR or AR-211
e.g. Film or "Bass Lab"

MTI-309

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephen Webber
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: MTEC-111
Department Code: MUTI
Location: Boston Campus, Valencia (Spain) Campus

This course provides an introduction to the art and technology of creating music videos. Students learn the challenges and possibilities of representing music visually through the art of filmmaking. They explore the fundamental tools and techniques of music video production by reviewing and analyzing groundbreaking music videos. They also apply those techniques in the hands-on production of personal music videos.

MTI-310

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephen Webber
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: MTEC-111
Department Code: MUTI
Location: Valencia (Spain) Campus

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.

MTI-511

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephen Webber
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: MPTI
Location: Valencia (Spain) Campus

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.

MTI-512

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephen Webber
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: MPTI graduate students without extensive prior engineering experience
Electable by: MPTI graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: MPTI
Location: Valencia (Spain) Campus

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.

MTI-515

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephen Webber
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: MPTI graduate students
Electable by: MPTI graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: MPTI
Location: Valencia (Spain) Campus

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.

MTI-521

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephen Webber
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: MPTI graduate students
Electable by: MPTI graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: MPTI
Location: Valencia (Spain) Campus

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.

MTI-523

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephen Webber
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: MPTI graduate students
Electable by: MPTI graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: MPTI
Location: Valencia (Spain) Campus

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.

MTI-525

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephen Webber
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: MPTI graduate students
Electable by: MPTI graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: MPTI
Location: Valencia (Spain) Campus

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.

MTI-543

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephen Webber
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: MPTI graduate students; elective course in GEMB and SFTV
Electable by: GEMB, MPTI, and SFTV graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: MPTI
Location: Valencia (Spain) Campus

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.

MTI-611

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephen Webber
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None; elective course in MPTI
Electable by: MPTI graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: MPTI
Location: Valencia (Spain) Campus

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.

MTI-613

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephen Webber
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None; elective course in CPPD, GEMB, and MPTI
Electable by: CPPD, GEMB, and MPTI graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: MPTI
Location: Valencia (Spain) Campus

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.

MTI-614

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Stephen Webber
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None; elective course in MPTI
Electable by: MPTI graduate students
Prerequisites: Written approval of program director
Department Code: MPTI
Location: Valencia (Spain) Campus

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.

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