Project 4: LIVE group session

We’ll Do IT LIVE! This project will test two of your skills in preparation for a live performance.  Preparation of musical materials within context and time constraints. Preparation of musical instructions/composed parts. When we next meet.  We will form groups of 3-4 players who will be controlling one computer remotely.   Each student will prepare […]

workflow lab

Today we discussed specific steps we could use to improve our workflow. This lab will explore some of those steps. The focus for this lab will be the steps for making of templates for your time managed workflow project.   You may use this template or you may use this lab as a lesson for […]

Project 3

  Project 3 will challenge you to apply all of your skills developed so far as well as applying what we discussed in the workflow lab.  To make this a true challenge we will apply severe time constraints. The time constraints are as follows: No more that 2 hours of sound design and content preparation […]

Music Theory and Production

You may have already heard over and over, that you will be much better at music production if you know your music theory.   But when you seek out lessons on music theory you are led down the path of classical music which for some people is almost antithetical to everything they are doing artistically. […]

Multi-mapping lab

Stacking instruments is a fun start to creating exciting and rich sounds.  For this lab, we will go beyond stacking, to more complex keyboard mapping, such that you have a rich and varied collection of pitched instruments at the tips of your fingers. Challenges: Fixed multi-instrument (20-30 minutes): Create an instrument rack, where every two […]

Recombination 2

For this lab we will work to quickly re-cut, re-shape and recombine existing works to create something new.   This lab builds on the concepts discussed in Kirby Ferfuson’s video and lecture series: Everything is a Remix. In this variation of the project, we will be cutting up sounds from existing works outside your usual […]

Recombination 1

For this lab we will work to quickly re-cut, re-shape and recombine existing works to create something new.   This lab builds on the concepts discussed in Kirby Ferfuson’s video and lecture series: Everything is a Remix. You will start by using what ever tools your have or need to use to acquire audio files […]

Recombination project

For this project we will build on our previous lab where we recombined existing works to create new works and break out of our usual habits. The goal will be to produce a short song where one section, such as the verses, are played with minimal changes from the original work, while another section, such […]

Mathematical structures in biology and art

So far in this class we have focused on tools having to do with the specifics of computer graphic displays and how they may be used for music production and performance.   This will allow you to open windows, see and manipulate on icons, like when you things with a mouse or pointer.  These are very practical […]

Same same different reading

This week, we have an short music analysis rather than a reading.  If you do not do this before class, we will use the lab time for you to complete this.    It will be in the lab page too.   See the assignment specifics here.

Physics of Sound Reading

Linked below is the reading for the physics of sound.   The reading is presented here as a slide show, so that you can use illustrations to better understand the main concepts.  Not every idea is completely explained down to the last details,  we may find that this reading prompts us dig deeper in our […]

Hearing and Sound perception reading

Linked below is the reading assignment for the hearing and psychoacoustics discussions.     Rather than make you dig through 4 pages of solid text, the reading is spread over several slides with pictures and videos to illustrate the main ideas. Click this link to open the reading. When completed, please answer a few short […]

CMA1 2016 Syllabus

Computer Music Applications Syllabus:


Here is it.  The final.   The last meeting will be comprised of a presentation of you final project (you may perform live,  play a pre-record or some combination of the two).   Either way, you will also submit a recorded version via the usual on-line pages. Before the start of class, submit your work […]

Make it happen.

So far this year we have focused on using computer music applications to compose, produce and perform music.  Now we must turn our focus towards what to do with these skills.   As we have previously discussed,  concert sales are doing very well these days, while recorded music sales are not growing at the rates […]