Syllabus

Instructor:
Kevin Ernste, Associate Professor
Email: kevinernste AT cornell.edu
Office: 337 and B27 Lincoln Hall

Teaching assistant:
Charles Peck, DMA composition candidate
Email: charlie.m.peck@gmail.com

Course website: http://digital.music.cornell.edu
– please visit the website and register a username

Music 2421 is an exploration of strategies and techniques for live performance with computers. In developing our awareness of tools for live music we will explore several stylistic and technical approaches to performance: DJ, interactivity, multimedia, installation, and several others. We will engage with an array of software and hardware combinations with a focus on their creative uses, often looking beyond their intended utility to our own, re-imagined purposes.

In addition to commercially available software, students will be introduced to a number of excellent free software tools, many with unique designs and functionality. All tools are available for download on the course website (see “free tools”). I encourage students to use this course to begin imagining an individualized performance toolkit and free software is a great place to start.

Course requirements include three short composition projects, one for each of the three parts of the semester (see the semester schedule below). The first two projects will be presented and critiqued in class and the final will be presented at the Sound Art Forum concert at the semester’s end. In addition, there will be weekly or bi-weekly assignments to be carried out on the student’s own time. Studios are available for this purpose. Students may sign up for individual times online. Visit the course website and follow the link to “studios”.

Grading for the semester is broken down as follows:

10% Class participation (make yourself heard in class and online)
30% Weekly/bi-weekly assignments
30% Two mid-semester projects (15% each)
30% Final project and performance

All work must be turned in on time. Late work will be graded one letter grade lower and work turned in more than one full week late will not be accepted. Class performance dates are mandatory and non-participation will result in automatic failure for that project.

Facilities: The Cornell Electroacoustic Music Center‘s studios B25B, C, and D will be our primary studios with more stations available in the Cox music library lab located on the 2nd floor of Lincoln Hall.

All assignments and project are to be handed in on the CEMC “network drive”, an online storage area where you can also backup or relay data from one studio or lab to another.

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