Through the exploration of topics such as acoustics, psychoacoustics, digital sound, digital signal processing, audio synthesis, spectral analysis, algorithmic composition, and music information retrieval, we will explore the deep relationships between art and science, between theory and practice, and between experimental and popular electronic music.
We will learn about these topics in the context of digital audio workstation (DAW) software, the multi-track editing paradigm that has been dominant in music production since the 1980s. As we learn about the foundations behind such software, we will use this knowledge to more effectively create music with it, and we will also write a series of short software programs that extend the software’s ability to manipulate, transform, and analyze sound.
Week 1: Module 1: Introduction and the Basics of Sound
Week 2: Module 2: Digital Audio Workstations
Week 3: Module 3: Working With MIDI
Week 4: Module 4: Algorithmic Composition Basic Techniques
Week 5: Module 5: Algorithmic Composition Advanced
Week 6: Module 6: Future Directions