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Editing and Saving with Audacity

Below is a brief video tutorial for editing and saving with Audacity. These basic steps will help you in completing the early assignments in this Music 1421.

Editing and Saving Audio Files with Audacity

Studio Access delay

It seems the studio access data did not go into the doors on Friday as planned! I’m not sure what happened but it cannot be corrected until Monday morning (Labor Day!!) Tuesday Morning. I have updated the due date for Assignment #1, pushing it back to next Tuesday the 9th instead of this Thursday the 2nd.

My apologies for the delay!

Professor Ernste

If the Network Drive is unavailable

1. Click anywhere on the Desktop

2. Visit the “Go” menu, “Connect to Server…”

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3. The dialog box that opens will already contain the correct IP address (ends in …245), just click “Connect”.

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4. Choose the user “Guest”.

5. You will see two disk “mounts”: Music_1421 (our Assignments and Project drive) and Temporary_files (to relay data). Please mount both and use each as you need.

The Network Drive mount points will then appear on the Desktop.

Studio signup reminder

To sign up for a studio time on the course website, log in with the username you created. Then:

1. Go to “Studios” and click on “Sign up for studio times —>”

2. Choose a studio to sign up for from the drop-down menu.

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Note that at the top of this signup page, you will also see a list of your current bookings, if any. Here you can cancel times that you no longer need, important as a courtesy to you colleagues.

3. Click on a desired time slot and confirm it. The schedule defaults to showing the current week and the following week, but you can navigate to future calendars as you like.

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Concert Order

Concert order for tomorrow is as follows. The letters indicate the computer assignment, machines from Studios C and D, respectively. The D machine will host the 88-key keyboard. OL = own laptop (running at a third station). Larger setups and those with multiple computers usually appear first after intermission.

I look forward to to tomorrow and to a smooth concert. If you have any remaining concerns, please let us know.

1. Wei Ning Nicole Liang – C
2. Claire Straus  – D
3. Andrew Huang  – C
4. Eileen Ceconi – D
5. Stephanie Grant  – C
6. Matt Miller – D
7. Valeryan Besselyanov  – C
8. Jil Sanchez – D
9. Sylvia Zhao  – C
10. Jonathan Wu – D
11. Michael Ndubuisi – OL


12. Julia Klein, Nate Goldman, and James Rainis – OL (+)
13. Adam David & Shah Ahmed  – C
14. Justin Wang – D
15. Andre Anderson video piece (postponed)
16. Ray Kim – OL
17. Zach Anderson – D
18. Kelvin Jin – OL
19. Jeff Setter – – C 
20.Jacob Lifton – D 
22. Austin Taylor – OL
22. Jevon Yu – D


23. Matthew Joe – OL
24. Theresa Anoje  – C
25. Keima Udoka & Michelle Chang – OL
26. Jun-Kyo Seo – D
27. Daniel Carpenter – C
28. Kai Keane – OL
29. Thomas Owens  D & OL

Sound Checks

Below are the sound check times for tomorrow. If you do not need this time or can’t make your time slot, please let me know as soon as possible. And if a time is not listed for you and you’d like to check in, please stop by from 9:30 to 2 and we will try to fit you in. Or feel free to email me still this evening.

Andrew Huang — 9:30
Eileen Ceconi — 9:40
Stephanie Grant — 9:50
Valeryan Besselyanov — 10am
Jil Sanchez — 10:10
Sylvia Zhao — 10:20
Jonathan Wu — 10:30
Julia Klein, Nate Goldman, and James Rainis — 10:40
Steven Bell — 11am
Jacob Lifton — 11:20
Ray Kim — 11:30
Kevin Nielsen Garcia — 11:40
Kelvin Jin — 11:50
Adam David & Shah Ahmed — 12 noon
Zach Anderson — 12:10
Michael Ndubuisi 12:30
Jevon Yu — 12:40
Matthew Joe & Austin Opatrny 12:50
Theresa Anoje 1:10
Keima Udoka & Michelle Chang 1:20
Thomas Owens 1:40

PD patch examples from class

1. Various ways of playing files in PD:

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1.playing_audiofiles (PD patch, right-click and save)

2. A Beat Slicer (using player ideas from above)

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8.Beat-Slicer (PD patch as ZIP, including example audio)

DIY Synthesizer Workshop

Graduate student Taylan Cihan, along with Professors Kevin Ernste and Trevor Pinch and in conjunction with the Tompkins County History Center’s celebration of Ithaca’s rich history with the Moog Synthesizer (Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer) presented a series of hands-on synthesizer building workshops.

The most recent workshop, given on on Saturday, April 12th, 2014, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m, was open to all ages and skills. Participants left with a working synthesizer. The events were sponsored by Ithaca Underground and with support of Cornell Electroacoustic Music Center and Department of Science and Technology Studies.


Polyphonic 4093 NAND Synth (build project from 4/12 workshop)

Step-by-step instructions for breadboarding a polyphonic 4093 NAND synth with built-in amplifier and several modifications. This is a simple and fun project for those who would want to get their hands dirty with analog electronics for the first time or have very little experience. Having said that, it is possible to get highly interesting sonic results with the suggested modifications that appear mid-way through. This is a set of instructions that I have used in a public workshop that took place at the Tompkins History Centeron April 12 as a part of their ongoing exhibition, Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer

Running Reason on CEMC systems

Reason (and Record) software is authorized on CEMC systems via a network licensing scheme. When you start Reason for the first time during your session, you will see a window, as below, asking you to authorize your use of Reason/Record.

Choose “Run with Multi License”.


Once open, I recommend using the CEMC Default template for new projects. Choose “File–>New from Template–>CEMC Default.”


Listening: Wendy Carlos

Thanks, all, for a nice day of sharing and discussion.

As a fun post-project “assignment”, please listen to the music from A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick), created using Moog Synthesizers. These pieces, like all of Carlos’s work, were meticulously constructed, “orchestrated”, and realized, sometimes note by note.

Realization of Beethoven’s 9th symphony (Movement #4):

Realization of Henry Purcell’s Music for the funeral of Queen Mary
–> Note that this video presents the version presented in the film’s introduction. It’s slightly “NSFW” and is not intended to endorse the film, just to present the music.

And the best for last, an excerpt from Timesteps.

Timesteps (original piece):

If you dig around for others, be careful, there are many “imposter” versions of these and similar pieces realized from a MIDI file with a low-quality synthesizer “presets”!

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