2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Digital Audio and Music Composition

Summer quarter

Faculty: Arun Chandra music composition, performance

Fields of Study: computer science and music

Summer: CRN (Credit) Level 40039 (8) First Session  

Credits: 8(Su)

Class Standing: Freshmen - Senior

Offered During: Day


This course will focus on using the computer to create and manipulate waveforms.  Students will learn how to use the "C" programming language to synthesize waveforms, while learning about their mathematical origins.  Students will create short compositions using FM, AM, granular, and other synthesis techniques.  We will listen to contemporary and historical experiments in sound synthesis and composition, and students will be asked to write a short paper on synthesis techniques.  Students will learn how to program in "C" under a Linux or OS X system. The overall emphasis of the class will be in learning how to address the computer in a spirit of play and experiment, and find out what composition can become.  There will be weekly readings in aesthetics, along with readings in synthesis techniques and programming.  Students of all levels of experience are welcome.   

Maximum Enrollment: 20

Advertised Schedule: 12-4p Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu (Jun. 20 - Jul. 21)

Required Fees: $50 required fee for tickets to performances, lectures, and presentations

Preparatory for studies or careers in: music composition and computer science

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online

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