Syllabus

Music 6421 is a seminar on the composition of live electroacoustic and computer generated music. The central thread of the course follows the writing of three short study pieces: the first for a live electronics, the second for a soloist with electronics, and the last for orchestra, wind ensemble, or chorus. All three pieces will be written, read, and discussed in class and individually. Beyond the weekly seminar meeting time (2hrs per week), individual sessions are offered (1hr per week).

Along the way we will examine and discuss works from the electroacoustic music “canon” as well as pieces of student interest, looking at them critically and analytically, teasing out the ideas and techniques that went into their design and performance.  In some cases, we will construct our own implementations of these pieces using both the original means and course software and hardware.

Grading for the semester is as follows:

10% Assignments and participation
10% End of semester listening examination (see list below)
20% Public Lecture (see below for details)
60% Three semester study pieces (20% each)

Class attendance is mandatory and class participation is absolutely essential.

Facilities: Studio A (B27) will be our primary studio with overflow workstations in B25B-D (mostly used by undergraduates). In addition, there is a developing mobile rig usable for performances and remote recording. Visit the course website and follow the link to “studio signup”.

Public Lecture Guidelines

The public lecture component for Music 6421 requires students to plan, advertise, and deliver a public lecture on a topic related to the course or to the broader world of electroacoustic music. This might be a composer or piece, technique(s), software or software concepts, a historical topic, or something philosophical or aesthetic. Space will be set aside for presentation during the last two weeks of class but any time can be selected depending on the topic or its relevance to concurrent activities, course-related or otherwise (your topic may, for example, coincide with a performance or demonstration outside of class). You are encouraged to consult directly with Professor Ernste to discuss potential topics of interest.

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/system to another.

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