9/24 lab

these files again

Musical form: more food for thought

Just something to listen to/ think about as you work on Assignment 3.

This is the rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (or Bruddah Iz, as we say in the islands). Professor Ernste mentioned it as having the form A-A-A-A…, in contrast to traditional AABA song form. So how does it manage to maintain interest over the 5 minutes? Also notice how seamlessly “What a Wonderful World” is incorporated into the song.

Assignment #3 details now live

Assignment #3 is now officially online, as discussed and previewed on Tuesday in lecture (#1, analyzing a song you like) and practiced in labs (#2, re-mixing from existing song “stems”).

September 10 Lab Materials

1) great_central_railway_excerpt


Samples from NASA’s Voyager online

Samples from the Voyager Spacecraft’s Golden Record (launched from earth in 1997), containing dozens of Earth sounds and greetings (as well as music) is now available on Sound Cloud:


The collection was originally curated by Cornell’s own Carl Sagan. Enjoy!

Some materials from today’s lecture

You will note the video I posted of the Varese, below. In addition, I welcome you to listen to several other historical works mentioned today in our lecture on musique concrète, elektronische musik, and the unification or rejection of these idea(l)s in later works, such as Verese’s Poem…

Represented below are 1). Pierre Schaeffer’s earliest example of musique concrète, the first piece from his Cinq études de bruits (“Five noise studies”),1948, titled Étude aux chemins de fer (“Railway Study), 2.) An example of Elektronische Musik by Karlheinz Stockhausen, his own “Study I” from 1953, and 3) Stockhausen’s later “classic” work, Gesang der Jünglinge (literally “Song of the Youths”), 1956, his setting of the Biblical story in The Book of Daniel where Nebuchadnezzar throws Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into a fiery furnace but they are miraculously unharmed.


Reich “It’s Gonna Rain”

Here is a link to a short article about Steve Reich’s seminal “It’s Gonna Rain” (1965). The piece is constructed using some analog equivalents of digital techniques we explored in lab last week.

Sept. 3 lab

Hello everyone,

Please use this file for our first lab session.
I’m enjoying reading everyone’s introductions!


For in-class use:

Hi, I am He

(This post is kind of late…)


My name is He. I am a senior physics and maths major. I don’t have much music background  but I am very interested in the subject of editting and composing music on computer, and do have a little experience in using some of the music softwares, along with certain relevant knowledge. I think being able to compose our own pieces of music is especially exciting and it can give us a sense of achievement,   so I am glad to enroll in Music  1421 and looking forward to exploring the field throughout the semester and collaborating with everyone else in the class.


Items from today and some for next week

The complete audible discography of Edouard Leon Scott de Martinville, the world’s first recording artist, and French inventor of the Phonautograph.

And on the topic of “What is Music?” some listening for your consideration. I encourage you to explore the history and context of this piece (some names and terms to get you started: Le Corbusier, Iannis Xenakis, Philips Pavilion, Brussels World Fair, “Space Measured in Seconds”, musique concrète).

Edgar Varèse’s “Poem Electronique”.

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