lgw33 assignment 3

I figured I’d share my assignment 3 since I wanted to finish it early and I really like this song. The album is about the frontman’s past problems with addiction and subsequent disillusionment with drug use. This song, Partners in Crime, is about the emptiness of relationships that stem primarily from a common interest in drugs.

Assignment 3



Project recorded in lecture

Several of you have asked about having access to the recording made in lecture in order to play around with the results yourself, exploring basic panning and mixing.

Click here to download the Ableton Live project.

(The raw materials are from Cindi Lauper’s True Colors.)

Note: see here for an FAQ about saving Ableton Live projects with all project audio files included.

Some links to listening from this morning’s lecture

Edgard Varere’s Poeme Electroninique … the precursor for our conversation on “What is music?”

Pierre Henry’s “Symphony for a Man Alone”


“I believe that the [tape] recorder is currently the best instrument for the composer who really wants to create by ear for the ear.”

“It is necessary to destroy music”.

Karlheinz Stockhausen’s “elektronische musik”, Studie II (1954):

Pauline Oliveros, we listened to several tracks in lecture, but I wanted you to hear music made in the underground cistern, with 60+ seconds of reverb!

Ableton Live Trial

Below is the link to download the Ableton 10 Suite trial – this will be available on your computer for 90 days, by which point you will have purchased one of the instruments for this course that is packaged with Ableton Live Lite:


Please download and install before Thursday’s lab (09/17).

Zoom audio settings

In order to get the most audio capability out of Zoom, there are a few things to check:

  1. Make sure you are running the Zoom desktop client (not the web client). This means that when you start a Zoom meeting, a standalone application should open (not just a browser window). If you don’t have it, the latest download is available here. For more on the differences between the web desktop client, read here. When you sign in on the Zoom desktop client, select “Sign in with SSO” and follow the instructions for signing in with your Cornell account.
  2. Update your client settings through Cornell’s Zoom portal. Click on ‘login‘, then select ‘settings‘ in the menu bar. Click on ‘In Meeting (Advanced)‘ and scroll down until you see ‘Allow users to select stereo audio in their client settings‘ and ‘Allow users to select original sound in their client settings‘. Make sure both of these are enabled by checking the button on the right and, if not, clicking on it. You will need to restart Zoom for these settings to update.
  3. Inside the Zoom desktop client, open ‘Preferences’ (from the Zoom dropdown menu, or “⌘,” on a Mac) and click on ‘Audio’. There’s a lot you can do here and, depending on which version of Zoom you are on (5.2.3 is the most recent as of this posting), these options will look a little different and may be laid out differently (go to the Zoom dropdown menu and select “check for updates” if you want to make sure you’re running the most recent version). The desired settings might vary based on what you are trying to do, but two settings should be enabled for most applications (these may be under ‘Advanced’, depending on your Zoom version): ‘Show in-meeting option to “Enable Original Sound” from microphone‘ (disabling Zoom’s automatic noise filtering) and ‘Use stereo audio‘ (otherwise any audio you share will automatically be mono, regardless of the source). If you have a higher speed, stable internet connection, enable ‘High fidelity music mode‘ as well. If you get into doing more advanced audio sharing through Zoom, you may end up changing your mic input to a virtual bus (like Blackhole, Soundflower, or Voicemeeter), in which case you’ll probably want to disable ‘Automatically adjust microphone volume‘, and maybe adjust the ‘Suppress background noise‘ setting. In your meeting, if you’re using your mic for music you’ll need to click on ‘Turn on original sound‘ in the upper left corner (which will read the opposite—’Turn off original sound’ when it’s enabled).
  4. In a meeting, if you want to share your computer sound, click on ‘Share screen‘ and then you can either share a screen (make sure ‘Share computer sound‘ is selected) or click on ‘Advanced’ and select ‘Music or Computer Sound Only‘). If you are sharing sound from Ableton Live or some other program, you need to have the Zoom Audio Device selected as the output (Under ‘Preferences’, ‘Audio’) for this to work.


Zoom 5.2.3 audio settings (click on ‘Advanced’ for second window):



Zoom 5.0.2 audio settings:


George Floyd was a musician

George Floyd’s death has been invoked, with good reason, by many movements including this letter signed by at least 500 staff, grad students, and faculty this week at Cornell.

But his music isn’t mentioned much; while media have mentioned his most recent work as a truck driver and security guard, in the early 2000’s he was known as Big Floyd, a member of a group in Houston led by an artist named DJ Screw.  This group, the Screwed Up Click, is widely cited for a technique called “chopped and screwed,” where original samples are slowed down for a hypnotic effect – a musical effect which has seen a resurgence in the last few years.

Floyd’s own work is here.

For those of you in Intro to Computer Music, I’m sharing this recording of George “Big” Floyd to offer perspective on both variety of technique and expression accessed by the human voice; and to suggest that the semantic of recording is horrifyingly poetic, considering that Floyd’s voice was again captured by a microphone in the last minutes of his life and shared with the world. So it’s good to be aware of his real voice, with artistic agency (and artistic license – be aware of some profanity and graphic subjects).

Unofficial lyrics to this album can be seen on Genius.com by searching for “Sittin On Top Of The World Freestyle,” by DJ Screw.

And here is a news report on Floyd’s connection to the Screwed Up Click of Houston’s Third Ward.

Assignment 0: Jayansh Bhartiya

Hello everyone,

I am Jay. I am an economics and computer science major. While you might think I spend my day reading about the economy or coding, I do also love to play the disc jockey. In the past, I have DJ’d at many events in Ithaca, and have also tried to produce electronic music using FL studio. While my knowhow to produce music died out at a very early stage, my curiosity to delve into the subject grew even more — which is what brings me to this course. I do love to mash up songs and recreate beats and would be more than excited to collaborate with others.

Looking forward to an amazing semester of getting to know you all and working with you.



Follow up to Lecture, Sept 8th 2020

I promised some follow-up information from lecture, in particular links for music to listen to and and, for those who had trouble accessing the live lecture, a message to let you know that video from this morning’s sessions is now uploading to Canvas for you to review.

Ordinarily, video from lectures and sections will be online in the “Zoom” tab area under “Cloud recordings”, but since today I had some technical issues of my own (!), I did some slight editing to the video to add a view of items I was referring to that were not visible.

See that video on Canvas in the “Files” area for the course.

Now, some links to enjoy!

My introductory, pre-lecture music from today:

Sounds from the phonoautogram, invented in 1857 by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville, with first recordings (played in lecture) in the early 1860’s:

Information here at http://www.firstsounds.org/

How the sounds were “retrieved” from the paper etchings.

The phonautograph in action, video and sound test from “THEVICTROLAGUY“.

Some other music of interest, most caught in the gap between analog and digital…including a pieces by my predecessor David Borden, who worked as a composers at the Moog factory in nearby Trumansburg, NY.

Another of Laurie Spiegel, here a live improvisation with equipment from Bell Labs, analog synthesizers triggered by  computer controller:

Delia Derbyshire’s famous theme for Doctor Who:

David Borden’s “The Continuing Story of Counterpoint #9:

Assignment 0: Jocelyn Gilbert

Hi, everyone!

My name is Jocelyn Gilbert, and I am a senior studying Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering.

I have played the violin since third grade, and continue to do so now. I am currently learning to play the piano using chord sheets and am capable of playing the guitar in the key of G for most songs. I have also done it little bit of songwriting and instrument composition.

Recently, I’ve been interested in learning how to record instruments and put them together on the computer. I look forward to learning about electronic music in class and writing music.

Assignment 0: Isaac Murphy

Hi All,

My names Isaac Murphy, I’m a senior in Arts and Sciences majoring in Linguistics. As far as music experience goes I played cello for a few years when I was young and never got very good at it because I refused to practice, and then played flute through high school.

I’ve never done anything with electronic music before but I’ve always thought it was really impressive that people could. I’m hoping to learn about both making my own and mixing other sounds in this class.

Looking forwards to learning with yall!

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