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Introduction to Computer Music
Dr. Eli Fieldsteel
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Date Created: 01/11/16
Ball State University | College of Fine Arts | School of Music Music Theory & Composition | MUST 121 – Introduction to Computer Music | Spring 2016 MUST 121 – Introduction to Computer Music Course Syllabus Meets: Section 2 (35538): Room 223A in Music Instruction Building (MI) Tuesday & Thursday, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Final Exam: Thursday, May 5, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Instructor: Dr. Eli Fieldsteel Office: Room 210 in Music Instruction Building (MI) Office Hours: Monday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Tuesday 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM or by appointment Phone: 285-0999 Email: Course Description: An introductory course in computer music. Topics include digital audio, MIDI, musique concrète, digital audio workstations, synthesis, and sampling. Creative projects and laboratory time are mandatory. (BSU course catalog) Required Textbook: Hosken, Dan. An Introduction to Music Technology, 2nd ed. Other Required Materials: – Good quality headphones, ideally with a flat frequency response. I recommend Sony MDR7506, but other companies like AKG and Audio Technica have comparable models. For your own sake, you should never use earbuds for music studio work. – A large capacity USB flash drive (8GB+) or other means of portable digital media storage. – An active email address and access to Blackboard (, where course materials and announcementns will be posted. Please check email and Blackboard regularly. Course Rationale An important preliminary step in the Ball State MMP program, this course will provide a foundational understanding of computer music, on which students can further build music production skills for use inside and outside of the university, including topics such as music composition, songwriting, critical listening and analysis, recording technology, studio engineering, and digital synthesis/sampling. Course Goals By the end of the semester, students will have – developed a set of skills that can be applied toward future MMP courses and similar work – gained a deeper understanding of the history, technology, and aesthetics of computer music – developed demonstrable facility with computer music sequencing and production software Ball State University | College of Fine Arts | School of Music Music Theory & Composition | MUST 121 – Introduction to Computer Music | Spring 2016 Class Attendance: Attend class regularly and arrive on time. Attendance will be recorded via a sign-in sheet and will be factored into your final grade. Each unexcused absence will lower your final grade by 1%, to a maximum of 10% (one letter grade). Excused absences are those that arise as a result of personal or family emergencies, or certain school functions. All excused absences must be certified in writing or email and submitted to the instructor as early in the semester as possible. If you are absent due to an illness, a doctor's note will serve as sufficient certification. Students will be responsible for all material covered during any absences. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor or ask a classmate to learn what was missed during an absence. Unexcused late arrivals in excess of five minutes will be treated as one half of an unexcused absence. Leaving class early without a valid reason will be treated as the same. Please speak with the instructor if you have a valid reason to arrive late or leave early. Students will be required to attend certain concert performances, including select concerts on the BSU New Music Festival (Mar 17-19), and EM|Three (Feb 23, 7:30pm, Sursa). These requirements will be announced in a timely manner, but you should also mark your calendars with these events now. Assignments, Quizzes, Exams: Graded work will be assigned periodically, and will include readings, listening responses, online question sets and quizzes, a midterm exam, several creative studio projects, and a final computer music project. Students should be prepared to periodically discuss their creative work with the rest of the class. The midterm exam, involving written questions and possibly listening identification, will be tentatively scheduled for Thursday, March 3. Changes to this date will be communicated in advance in a timely manner. In lieu of a written final exam, students will produce and present a final creative project during the final exam block. The final creative project will be worth two normal projects. Late Work: Assignments turned in late without a valid excuse will be given less one half of a letter grade (5%) for each elapsed 24-hour period, and will be penalized no more than half credit. Any assignments not turned in by the last class day (Thursday, April 28) will receive no credit. Make-up quizzes and exams will be allowed only in cases of certified personal and family emergencies, or certain school functions. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor in advance and as soon as possible regarding any missed quiz or exam. It is also the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor to schedule a make-up quiz or exam. Grading: Your final numerical grade (G) will be converted to a letter grade according to the following: G ≥ 94 A 90 ≤ G < 94 A- 87 ≤ G < 90 B+ 84 ≤ G < 87 B 80 ≤ G < 84 B- 77 ≤ G < 80 C+ 74 ≤ G < 77 C 70 ≤ G < 74 C- 67 ≤ G < 70 D+ 64 ≤ G < 67 D 60 ≤ G < 64 D- G < 60 F Ball State University | College of Fine Arts | School of Music Music Theory & Composition | MUST 121 – Introduction to Computer Music | Spring 2016 No “incomplete” grades will be given for the course unless the student has suffered a serious illness or some similarly extreme and unusual circumstance. Note that the course withdrawl period ends on Monday, March 21. The following weighting rubric will be used: Homework and Quizzes 35% Creative Studio Projects 25% Midterm Exam 15% Final Project 15% Attendance and Participation 10% Don't rely on Blackboard's auto-calculated current course grade, which does not take into account the weighting rubric above. If you would like to know your current grade at some point during the semester, ask the instructor or calculate it yourself. Software: The BSU Studios are Macintosh-based. All instruction will take place on this platform. Students will not be required or expected to purchase software for themselves, but will be required to complete creative projects in the studios, using the software covered in class. Electronic Devices in the Classroom: The use of laptops, tablets, etc. is permitted during class so long as it is related to the discussion at hand. Taking electronic notes is allowed, but not recommended (I am a strong believer that taking notes by hand improves information retention). Students texting, emailing, socializing, or participating in other distracting activities will be asked to put their devices away or leave the classroom. At the discretion of the instructor, repeat offenders will be given one-half of an unexcused absence for the day. Help: Your success in this course is important, however, you will not get any help if you do not ask! You are encouraged to ask questions in class, and to see your instructor during office hours (or make appointments as necessary). If you want additional help, consider visiting the Learning Center. The Learning Center offers free tutoring for many courses on campus, including science and humanities, modern and classical languages, math and business, help with any writing task, and study strategies such as time management, test taking, note taking, and effective textbook reading. Call 765-285-1006 or visit NQ 350 to make an appointment to meet with a tutor. Note that your Ball State student status entitles you to free access to, an online learning company with hundreds of high-quality and relevant tutorial videos on audio and music production. Feedback: Students are encouraged to make comments and express opinions in class (in an orderly manner). If you have any comments or suggestions about the class, please feel free to bring them up with the instructor, in person, through e-mail, by phone, in a letter, etc. Special Needs: If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, please contact me as soon as possible. Ball State's Disability Services office coordinates services for students with disabilities; documentation of a disability needs to be on file in that office before any accommodations can be provided. Disability Services can be contacted at 765-285-5293 or Ball State University | College of Fine Arts | School of Music Music Theory & Composition | MUST 121 – Introduction to Computer Music | Spring 2016 Academic Integrity: Review the Student Academic Ethics Policy: Students must conduct themselves in accordance with the highest standards of academic honesty and integrity, as set forth by these policies. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated, and at minumum, is grounds for failing the course. Course Schedule (Subject to adjustment as necessary, see Blackboard for revisions) WEEK 1 (Jan 12, 14) course introduction acoustics, physical properties of sound frequency, amplitude, overtones, spectra WEEK 2 (Jan 19, 21) introduction to digital audio sample rate, bit depth, file formats WEEK 3 (Jan 26, 28) introduction to studio equipment, microphones, interfaces recording technique, signal-to-noise ratio, field recorders digital waveform editing clipping, normalizing, gain WEEK 4 (Feb 2, 4) introduction to digital audio workstations (DAWs) multi-track recording and editing basics of signal flow DAW project management and migration WEEK 5 (Feb 9, 11) introduction to the MIDI protocol MIDI step recording and realtime recording MIDI sequencing & editing quantizating MIDI WEEK 6 (Feb 16, 18) continuation of MIDI General MIDI MIDI effects WEEK 7 (Feb 23, 25) DAW automation MIDI controller assignments, realtime editing WEEK 8 (Mar 1, 3) mixing and mastering Midterm Exam (March 3rd, normal class time and location) WEEK 9 (Mar 8, 10) No Class – Spring Break Ball State University | College of Fine Arts | School of Music Music Theory & Composition | MUST 121 – Introduction to Computer Music | Spring 2016 WEEK 10 (Mar 15, 17) synthesis, history and practice generators, filters, LFOs, envelopes WEEK 11 (Mar 22, 24) sampling, history and practice WEEK 12 (Mar 29, 31) DAW topics: plugins, effects, virtual synths, equalization (EQ), delays WEEK 13 (Apr 5, 7) continuation of DAW topics WEEK 14 (Apr 12, 14) introduction to computer notation standard MIDI files songwriting, composing/notating backing tracks WEEK 15 (Apr 19, 21) topics TBD, catch-up as necessary WEEK 16 (Apr 26, 28) topics TBD Presentation of Final Projects: Thursday, May 5, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM


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