Course Materials

This is the hosting area for various class materials.

Reason review and videos of interest

A number of you requested links to video tutorials or other help related to Reason. Here are some resources:

– Reason Subtractor

Please see the following breakdown of the Subtractor analog synthesizer as discussed in lecture.

And more from Propellerheads:
basics — also, a video overview

NN-XT Advanced Sampler

Redrum and Dr. Rex drum machines

Combinators (advances use)

There are many other resource available of varying quality. I always find it informative to peruse the many disparate ways people are using Reason, a remarkably flexible tool for sound design and composition. Often these reveal hidden techniques and tricks for better sound design.

9/15 Lab materials

Please download the following zip files for use in today’s lab:

Trifonic_Lies-sources

Lies_arrangement Project

Original materials downloaded from CCMixter, an online sharing site for mixes and materials, specifically this page:

http://ccmixter.org/files/trifonic/14562

“Lies”
by Trifonic

2008 – Licensed under Creative Commons

Attribution Noncommercial (3.0)

Work done during the lab may be shared to listen together at the following link:

PD extended, installation

To install PD(-extended) on your Mac, PC, or Linux system please visit:

http://puredata.info/downloads/pd-extended

Download the installer appropriate to your operating system and architecture (I don’t recommend the “Alpha” release for prime-time usage, but it you are curious about recent developments in the interface (significant) and function of PD, you are welcome to download that also).

For some Mac users, you may need to install “X11”, the venerable Unix graphics system on which some of PD’s functionality rests. You can download that, available now as “XQuartz” from here.

Here, too, is mPD, a mobile version for Android, for those interested:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.mpd

In addition to PD’s built-in Help system, please see the following sites for more help and shared patches.

– PD Forum and Patch Repo – Repository for patches, tutorials, and discussion related to PD.

– PD FLOSS Manuals – including concepts, working patches, and installation/setup help

Programming Electronic Music in PD (“loadbang”) – Johannes Kreidler’s book

Some music and information from today

The Voder of Homer Dudley (Bell Labs), 1939 World’s Fair

Lansky, Her Song from Six Fantasies on a Poem by Thomas Campion

Paul Lansky on his experiences with Radiohead.

Listening from today

Erik Satie: Vexations, score and music (excerpt).

Terry Riley: In C (1964)

Original recording (instrumental ensemble)

Another version (chamber ensemble)

Version for orchestra

Musical score here.

Steve Reich: Come Out

Brian Eno: Music For Airports (Ambient 1)

Alvin Lucier: I am sitting in a room

(Optional) In Bb (YouTube crowdsourced video/music project)

Early electronic music, links

Here are some materials related to this morning’s lecture on various currents in early electronic music:

The Futurists

Marinetti’s Futurust Manefesto (1909), the philosophical foundations of Futurism

Russolo’s Intonarumori (noise instruments) in an exhibition and in performance.

Mechanical and early electronic instruments

Thaddeus Cahill’s Telharmonium (1906)

George Antheil’s Ballet Mecanique (1924) — also a version at the National Gallery showing instruments.

The Theremin, played by Clara Rockmore (virtuosi)

Musique concrète

Pierre Schaeffer – “Etude aux Chemins de Fer”

Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry’s Symphony for a Man Alone, Mvt. 1:  Prossopopeé I

Elektronische Musik

Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Studie I (1953)

Karlheinz Stockhausen: Gesang der Jünglinge (1955/1956)

Varese and the Phillips Pavilion

Details on the building itself, images and descriptions of the work

Some further background, images, and virtual video

Poème électronique (1958), with video “overlay”

Marc Treib’s Space Calculated in Seconds, a book on the piece

Deatils on the “Vitual Electronic Poem Project“, a contemporary realization

Today’s session with Taylan Cihan

Today was an excellent opening to the last part of the semester and to the possibilities available to us. I wanted  to follow-on with some links for more information, including, first, this link to the DIY workshop Taylan mentioned that is happening this weekend, Saturday, April 12th, 2014, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m at the Tompkins County History Center (downtown Ithaca).

DIY Synthesizer Building Workshop at the History Center

Some further links:

Taylan Cihan’s website (containing information about instruments and techniques)

Taylan’s site is not just a showcase of his own work, it is an excellent resource for those interested in composition, live performance, computer music, and DIY of all sorts. Check it out!

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):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MCnnfXPSHw

Realization of Henry Purcell’s Music for the funeral of Queen Mary
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HI-mDTdeKR8
–> 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):
http://vimeo.com/46998648

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”!

Lecture 1: Digital audio fundamentals

Following up on today’s lecture (1/28/13), here are some links of potential interest:

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