Introduction to Computer Music and Digital Audio: Instructor: Robert Esler
Meeting time: Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00pm
Office time: Wednesday 5-6:30pm
Location: Mandeville, rm. b206 (located in the basement of the music building)
Materials: Laptop Computer, MIDI keyboard (optional), lab access is possible for non-laptop owners but is not free.
If you own a computer, then you own a musical instrument. Making music with a computer is easy. This is a class for beginners to world of computers and audio. During the quarter we will learn several concepts, techniques and aesthetics such as: digital audio and MIDI concepts, recording techniques, audio editing, audio effects processing, mixing, sound design, and composing music. Students will use free cross-platform software packages such as: Audacity, VST, Pure Data, Soundhack and others. During the course students will complete short exercises both in class and at home that will accumulate towards the final project. Classes are lab settings, computer access may be provided, laptops are encouraged. A MIDI keyboard is optional but recommended.
Assignments: The class will consist of six guided assignments. Each assignment is worth 10% of your grade. Together the skills and techniques learned will exemplify the many different areas of audio production, composition, and design. You are highly encouraged to be creative and imaginative.
Audacity - wave editor, digital effects processor (audacity.sourceforge.net)
Pure Data - audio synthesis programming language and application (crca.ucsd.edu/~msp/software.html)
Soundhack - Digital Signal Processing (soundhack.com/freeware.php)
FL Studio - audio/midi sequencer and synthesizer (flstudio.com)
Assignment: Create a collage of sounds for three fictional fantasy characters.
Class 7: Computers and Interactivity
Examples: Manoury, Scanner, Pleasurehorse, etc.
Concepts, and software applications of real-time processing.
Assignment: None, focus on final project.
Class 8: Final Discussion, Review, and Presentation of Projects Uploading assignments:
Everyone enrolled in this class has been set-up with ftp access to a folder on www.robertesler.com. You need to upload all files to this folder, please name the files assignment1a.mp3, assignment1b.mp3, etc. Make sure your files are in mp3 format, this will save significant space. Each of you have 10MB, which is very small. Always keep a backup of your assignments.Also, make sure you do not upload viruses (this should be common sense.)
Using the command line ftp use the following prompts:
type username (last name all lowercase, if last name is less than 3 characters use 1st letter of first name + last name. If last name is greater than 8 characters, use the first 8 letters of your last name.)
type password (music07)
type binary, this will make sure you convert the file properly
put ~/Desktop/computermusic/assignment1a.mp3 (example of file name and path)
ls (this will show you the files in this folder, check to make sure your file was uploaded)
bye (this closes the connection.)
To retrieve an assignment (perhaps you need it for some reason), type: get assignment1a.mp3 – this will place the file in whatever directory your working in (i.e pwd)
If you need help type: help – or look online for a manual.
Using another ftp client software:
set www.robertesler.com as your host
user name is your last name all lowercase
click and drag all files from your hard drive to the folder on the server. This should give you a progress report as well