Electronic Music

Learning Objective
Students will learn new software, techniques and technology so as to be able to integrate them in their compositions, productions and performances.

Course Content
This course divides into four parts:

1. spectral music
2. sound synthesis
3. live electronics
4. algorithmic composition

In the classes devoted to ‘spectral music’, the following topics will be addressed: spectral analysis, spectral sound processing, psycho-acoustics and several methods to obtain musical material from sounds, transformation and sound synthesis. Furthermore, students gain insight in the acoustical properties of music instruments and in the use of spectromorphology. The part on sound synthesis addresss modular synthesis, physical modelling, and sampling. 

Under the rubric of ‘live electronics’ fall such topics as digital signal processing techniques, spatialism, 'score following', the use of microphones, mixing consoles, speakers and controllers in combination with acoustical  instruments will be discussed. The last part of the course (‘algorithmic composition’) focuses on stochastic techniques, fractals, generative systems, and analysis-synthesis models. There will also be discussion of computer-aided composition and notation.

Course details

teacher Jorrit Tamminga
term September 2023-June 2024
study materials The software used in this course is Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, Max/msp, Open Music, Spear, SuperCollider, and various plugins.
credits 10
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