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MUS421
ELECTROACOUSTIC MUSIC COMPOSITION

Spring 2016 — Fridays 10 AM–12:45 PM

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ANNOUNCEMENTS!

COURSE BLOG: mus421.tumblr.com
FINAL CONCERT: MAY 4 at 7 pm, setup at 5 pm

APR 29 — Workshopping: EVERYONE PRESENTS FINAL MIXES
Meet in D104: Presentations begin at 11 am — I will be available to answer any last minute questions at 10

APR 22 — Workshopping:
Jacob, John, Ryan, Kim, Joseph, Taylor, Stephanie (makeup)
Tech rider + program information due


APR 15 — Workshopping:
Ceili, Stephanie, Lucas, Keaton, Taylor (makeup)
Paper proposals due via email

APR 8 — Workshopping:
Jacob, John, Ryan (makeup), Kim, Joseph, Taylor

APR 1 — Workshopping:
Ceili, Stephanie, Lucas, Keaton, Ryan

MAR 18 — LAB 4 is due + QUIZ 3

MAR 11 — Final Project Proposals due
Write a few senteces/paragraphs about the piece you want to create. What sounds will it use? What kind of form will it have? What are your creative inspirations that might influence your compositional choices?

MAR 4 — LAB 3 is due + QUIZ 2

for FEB 26 — 
Post to the blog above a recording that uses ambience (reverb, delay, panning, sense of space) in an interesting way and write a short paragraph or two describing interesting points about the production/composition of the work. Briefly introduce the piece to the class so they know what to listen for, play all or part of the recording as time allows, and lead a brief discussion. (LAB 3 is due March 4)

FEB 19 — LAB 2 is due + QUIZ 1
Intro to Microphones
Miking Techniques


FEB 12
LAB 1 is due

for FEB 5 —
Post a recording to the blog above and write a short paragraph or two describing interesting points about the production/composition of the work. Any kind of music is fine as long as you're listening for the details. Briefly introduce the piece to the class so they know what to listen for, play all or part of the recording as time allows, and lead a brief discussion.

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COURSE RESOURCES

Syllabus (PDF)

Presentation schedule (PDF)
REAPER Keyboard Shortcuts (PDF)
More REAPER Keyboard Shortcuts (PDF)
REAPER User Guide (PDF)
F102 Computer Lab (open M–TH 8–8, F 8-noon)
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LECTURE NOTES

JAN 29
FEB 12
FEB 19
FEB 26
MAR 4
MAR 11

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LISTENING

These pieces illustrate specific points. I realize this list is light on women composers.
Please keep listening: manymanywomen.com

MAR 11
Wendy Carlos – Switched-On Bach (1968)
Laurie Spiegel – Appalachian Grove (1974)
Herbie Hancock – Rockit (1983)
Frank Zappa – Worms from Hell (1987)

MAR 4

Max Mathews – Daisy Bell (1961)
Jonathan Harvey – Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco (1980)
Paul Lansky – notjustmoretidlechatter (1988)
Trevor Wishart – Tongues of Fire (1994)

FEB 26
Karlheinz Stockhausen – Gesang der Jünglinge (1956)
Milton Babbitt – Philomel (1964)
Pauline Oliveros – Bye Bye Butterfly (1965)
Steve Reich – Violin Phase (1967)
Alvin Lucier – I Am Sitting in a Room (1969)
Dan Tepfer's Pitch / Rhythm Duality website

FEB 19

Pierre Schaeffer – Étude de Chemins de Fer (1948)
John Cage – Williams Mix (1952)
Vladimir Ussachevsky – Sonic Contours (1952)
Otto Luening – Low Speed (1952)
Edgard Varèse – Poème électronique (1958)
•Examples of panning are much better demonstrated on heaphones: Riley and Matmos–Reconstruction

FEB 5
– See below for Lab 1 soundset
Clara Rockmore – Camille Saint-Saëns's The Swan
Olivier Messiaen – Feuillets inedits, IV. Lent (published posthumously 2001)
Thomas Bloch – Formule (1995)
Les Paul and Mary Ford – How High the Moon (1951)

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Audio Resources
– always give credit when due / cite your sources
Lab 1 sound set (right-click and save as to download)
Freesound
Macaulay Library (Animal Sounds)
(be sure to write down this information for each sample you download)
Bolder Sounds
MetaRecorder (app)
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Software

Reaper
SPEAR (Sinusoidal Partial Editing Analysis and Resynthesis)
SOUNDHACK (Free plug-ins and more)