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

Final Project – Maya Behl

Cellophane x American Boy mashup

DIY Materials

DIY class – 2421 materials for Arduino

Materials for Max for Live build session

Please download the following:

Max for Live materials

Full Song

As Zack did, I wanted to post the full version of my song from Project 1. It is actually two songs, titled “Not Science” and “Numbers Only Go Up”.

Materials for class on Max for Live and Puredata (PD)

Please download the following example for use in today’s lab.


Here is a link to the download location for PureData (Pd):

We will be using the “vanilla” version maintained by Miller Puckette but I will explain a bit about other available version, including:

Purr Data:
Pd CEAMMC (Centre of Electoacoustic Music of Moscow Conservatory):

All three of these are built upon a historic version of Pd called “Pd-extended”, which I will discuss in class (by way of showing scope, a list of objects available can be found here). Pd is a sister application to Max/MSP, which has been included in the Suite version of Live for many years and is foundational to many powerful extension of Live’s core functionality. Pd can also be embedded as a VST in Live via tools like, Camomile.

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

2421 Concert 1, Spring 2022

Here are your performances from the 1st concert of the semester, in no particular order. Congratulations – they’re all absolutely spectacular! Unfortunately, there is some extreme video freezing, probably due to CPU shortages on my laptop, which I’ll have to sort out before the next concert(s); however, I am glad that at least these videos offer some kind of documentation for your fabulous performances. Please feel free to share and leave comments on each other’s work, building on from our excellent conversations during the week. Happy Friday!

Nina Yang:

Zachary Bellido:


Will Swartzentruber:


Teddy Rashkover:


Sarah Rubin:


Rae Chen:


Paul Casavant:


Maya Behl:


Matthew Guo:


James Shaul:


Isaac Newcomb:


Faris Aziz:


Damon Hollenbeck:


Brian Chu:


Amy Wang:


Alex Peng:


Complete Future Garage Song – Arrival

Hi everyone! Here’s my full piece called “Arrival” with all of the vocal samples present. I also decided to record some spoken word vocals to add some context to the intro. Hope you enjoy! ~Zack

Materials for today’s class on effects control and routing

Materials for class session on effects routing

Assignment 0: Rose Zhou

I used to study in the top floors of Willard Strait before Covid in these rooms blocked off by the door. Since it looks like it was closed off when I visited, I sat in the hallway instead, and noticed a lot of foot steps echo loudly from the lower floors. I’m not sure what it is about older buildings but it felt like the footsteps from 2 floors down were louder than my own, and I’m guessing the sounds might’ve amplified as they echoed upwards. It was also so quiet and since the door had a hole in it, I could hear the people on the other side turning pages of a book. Overall, it felt like from where I was that sounds from farther away were so much louder than if they were sourced from the same room as me due to the structure and material of the building. There was also an eerie humming noise that I couldn’t tell what the source was, but might’ve been a bunch of ambient noises that faded and echoed together, so it felt both quiet and not totally quiet in a creepy way.

Assignment 0: Damon Hollenbeck

For assignment 0 I was stuck at home during a blizzard, so I decided to go to our window that looks out on the street and listen to the noises of both the wind and my house. The unpredictable gusts of winds had two main sounds. One was a high pitched wailing of the air escaping past the rubber seams of the window. The other a bassy, whooshing sound. While I was focussing on the wind, I also decided to mess with my radiator. I turned it up and down quickly, releasing these blasts of steam that sounded very cool. Twisting the knob on the radiator made its own creaking noise.

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