Studios accessible to students of Music 1421

A reminder for studio signups:

Studios available to students of Music 1421 include Studio B (B25B), Studio C (B25C), and Studio D (B25D). Please be sure to choose one of these three from the drop-down menu at the top of the page when reserving a time.

If you sign up for time slots in Studio A (B27) you will be unable to access it as it is on a separate key and security.

Studio access with your ID should be available today at the latest.

Prof. Ernste

Music 1101, a class alternative

To all students looking to join a music course this semester but who were unable to get into Music 1421–particularly Frenshman and Sophmores who might be thinking of a major or minor in music–I have a recommendation: 1101 Elements of Music, taught by Prof. Andrew Hicks.

As a past a future guest of the course, I can highly recommend it for its nicely-intermingled historical and hands-on/practical approach. A syllabus for the semester is attached for your perusal. Feel free to ask me or contact Prof. Hicks if you think the course might be right for you.

Music 1101 Syllabus

Sounds of Blade Runner

Since it came up in our sections on Thursday, here is a page on re-creating/synthesizing the sounds of the original film Blade Runner (score, performance, and production by on various hardware and software synths. I invite you to try your hand with Ableton Operator!

Delay materials

Attached are the materials from class today for building a delay patch using PD, including:

1. A patch collecting and explaining all objects needed for your own patch

2. A working “classical” feedback/multi-tap delay, just as an example. Note the use of “wireless” send/receive between the graphical objects at the top and the working “guts” of the patch below.

Download Delay Materials >

The Max for Live object we spoke about, by analog, is the “Tapped delay” found in “Max for Live –> Max for Live Effects” in the Ableton left sidebar where all of the other effects are.

A series of initial tutorials for using Max for Live can be found here.

See Episode #3 for building simple delay, very similar to the one we made together today.


Arduino lab materials

Repetition and Live looping

Erik Satie’s “Vexations” for piano (video is nearly 12 hours):

Robert Fripp’s “Frippertronics” setup using two tape machines developed and used by him and Brian Eno on No Pussyfooting:

Terry Riley on his own origins in using live looping:

Terry Riley’s In C: please read the following page, which includes the interactive GUI’s I used in Lecture today:

Terry Riley’s “In C”: A Journey Through a Musical Possibility Space

Original recording from 1968:

Africa Express’s In C Mali:

In Bb, an online project following onto In C:

Steve Reich’s “Come Out”:

Pauline Oliveros’s “Bye Bye Butterfly”:

Brian Eno’s Music for Airports:

And to remind you that repetition, even literal and continuous repetition of the same materials, is nothing new … this famous aria from Henry Purcell’s 1689 Dido and Aeneas, the piece “Dido’s Lament”, uses a repeating ground bass (passacaglia), here to create as sense of growing intensity.

Eitan’s Project 1

Hey everyone!

I wanted to post my Project 1 from the Intro to Computer Music course, and I hope you enjoy it. I wanted to try and make some type of LoFi hip-hop song, using repeated loops and chord progressions, but it kind of picked up and is probably higher energy than a typical chill LoFi hip-hop song.

Anyway, like I said, please enjoy and do me the honor or leaving some feedback! I love hearing other people’s work. 🙂

Eitan Wolf


Project 1

1421-Project 1-LNM35-Hockey Warmup Project

This was my attempt at resembling a warmup in a hockey arena. I made a mix of MIDI tracks. Very repetitive, with minimal distractions. I like to just have repetitive beats playing as I warmup. I added a recording of a live hockey arena in the background to make it seem like this was recorded during a hockey game. There is some panning of the hockey noises from side to side to resemble play going up and down the ice. I used this assignment to play around with a lot of the ableton effects. Advice on mixing or any other overall critiques is welcome!

Project 1

I was trying to limit myself in only using the MIDI instruments and create a cliche pop song. Ends up much more difficult than I thought and I kind of regret not adding any voice or audio in it to make it less boring. Please give me comments/critique/suggestions! Thanks~

Assignment 0: James Peabody

Hi All,

I joined the class late so here is my intro! My name is James Peabody, I’m a senior studying History and minoring in Business. I’m extremely excited to be in this class because it will help me learn the engineering side of music. I have a good amount of experience with instruments: I’ve played guitar since before I can remember and dabbled with the piano, bass, and drums. I’ve never been in any official bands or anything, so I’m looking forward to collaborating with students in the class and learning about the software we will use!



Listening from Tuesday’s lecture

Sounds and information on Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville’s first recordings on the First Sounds project archive:

Principes de Phonoautographie (1857 publication)

John Cage’s “Imaginary Landscape #1”, 1939:

Pierre Schaeffer’s “Etude aux chemins de fer”, 1948 (musique concrète):

Karlheinz Stockhausen’s “Etude II”, 1954


Assignment 0: Paul Casavant

Hi All, my name is Paul Casavant. I’ve tried to get into this class every fall since my sophomore year, so I am really looking forward to it. I grew up in a musical household, with my sister becoming a music teacher and my brother becoming an acoustics engineer, but I have always been a little behind when it came to music. I played percussion for about 5 years, mainly the drum set and timpani, but have since fallen out of the practice since high school. I’ve always wanted to create things, but haven’t found the right outlet. Looking forward to the semester.

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