Music Technology

MTEC-420

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Rob Jaczko
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: MPED and ELPD majors
Prerequisites: MP-341 or EP-381
Department Code: MPE
Location: Boston Campus

This in-depth, project-oriented class gives the student intensive exposure to the creative and technical issues involved in advanced music mastering, editing, and delivery. Topics include CD and DVD mastering, multichannel audio formats (5.1), internet audio, and the standards and practices of digital audio production. Students enhance their technical knowledge of advanced audio concepts and studio techniques while developing their ability to listen critically and creatively through hands-on projects. Further areas of exploration include audio restoration and forensic audio.

MTEC-421

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Michael Bierylo
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: CWPR, ELPD, FILM, and MPED majors
Prerequisites: CW-370, FS-371, or MTEC-321
Department Code: ELPD
Location: Boston Campus

This course provides an immersion in the techniques and methodologies used in implementing sound and music assets into a video game environment. Covers the tenets of sound and music implementation as part of the game development structure. Project workflow, audio pipeline, and common middleware tools are used to mirror current audio practices in the video game industry.

MTEC-455

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Rob Jaczko
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: ELPD and MPED majors
Prerequisites: EP-320 or MP-320
Department Code: MPE
Location: Boston Campus

This course is designed to focus on the musical, vocal, and technical production skills in hip-hop record production. Advancing the basic concepts of music production techniques introduced in Music Production for Records (MP-320), the course embraces the professional practices for record production in the hip-hop genre. Students are required to showcase their skills in weekly projects and a final original project.

MTEC-471

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Rob Jaczko
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: MPED and ELPD majors
Prerequisites: MP-320 or EP-320
Department Code: MPE
Location: Boston Campus

This course focuses on pinpointing the musical concept and marketplace potential of remix productions, using recording studio and DAW technology to maximize emotional and sales impact. The class will analyze the effectiveness of individual components within key genres and produce new compositions based on those results.

MTEC-475

0 credit(s)
Course Chair: Matthew Nicholl (interim)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in MTEC-480 and written approval of course instructor
Department Code: WTDV
Location: Boston Campus

Interdisciplinary Arts Institute Seminar advances students' own interdisciplinary art projects, from the planning stage to the final public presentation. The seminar is designed for music students who aspire to create portfolio quality work in collaboration with artists outside of music. Emphasis is placed on the student's original composition, sound design, and musical performance for collaborative interdisciplinary work. Students learn to collaborate with artists from various disciplines including dance, theater, installation art, film, video, sculpture, spoken word, experimental performance, robotics, virtual reality, and other emerging genres. Students work directly with world-renowned artists, including arts programmers and critics, to develop new ideas, understand global dialogue, and advance artistic entrepreneurship. Students develop enhanced creative and critical thinking capacities and collaborative methods. Students leverage digital tools to emerge with a portfolio of works for new audiences, and they premier these works in local venues. Students may enroll in the class for more than one semester. Concurrent enrollment in MTEC-P480, Indisciplinary Arts Institute Directed Study, is required.

MTEC-480

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Matthew Nicholl (interim)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in MTEC-475 and written approval of course instructor
Department Code: WTDV
Location: Boston Campus

In this course, students will complete a project that exhibits the skills/artistry covered in MTEC-475 Interdisciplinary Arts Institute Seminar, and that will serve as portfolio material as they enter the field. Individual critique of projects is provided. The specific nature of the project will be determined by written agreement between student and instructor. Students are required to take MTEC-475 concurrently with this course.

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