Analysis Resynthesis

One of the goals of a creator of electronic music is to be able to produce any sound she desires.    Often while composing or producing a song, you may find yourself wanting to reproduce one sound that you have heard before. In contemporary music production,  you may be able to reproduce a sound made […]

Experimental Sound Design Lab

For this lab, we will experiment with ways to create new sounds starting with sounds we have recorded or downloaded from the internet.    We will be starting with one short sound (percussive in nature) and one long sound (sustaining, non-pitched noise). Lab instructions/form linked here. If you found some interesting sounds and want to […]

Elements of Sound Design Review

If you found yourself with more questions than answers after the Elements of Sound Design lab,  your are thinking the right way.  Always be curious, keep looking for new ideas. There may be some ideas that we did not get to explore as much during class.   Please download the provided Live Session to explore […]

Intentional Sound Design

Now that you have developed some abilities by exploring how you can change the various physical parameters of sound such pitch/frequency,  duration, rhythm, timbre, morphology, etc,  let start putting these abilities to work. For example.  What parameters would you change to make a sound more heavy or large? Please answer the questions in the link […]

Something you have never heard before

Find or take a photo of an object that you have never heard make a sound before. Bring this photo, or a link to this photo, to class with an idea or two about what it would take for this object to make sound (would it need to fall, be struck, does it naturally make […]

Elements of Sound Design

For this class we will focus on sound design within the context of music.  We will noise sound effects and noise, but will consider each of these elements with a musical ear and musical terms.  So that we are on the same page with musical terms.  Please see this link for the main terms we […]

Future Of Music Credo

John Cage had a profound impact on the development and acceptance of new musical ideas in the 20th century.   Please take a few minutes to read 3 pages of his ideas. PDF linked here. Please share your thoughts/response to this reading via the form here.

Organized Sound

For this assignment you will be organizing sounds different than the musical sounds you typical to pop or dance music.     You will be collecting sounds that have some interest to you or that you have recorded.  You will then assign each sound to a descriptive feature from your most recent analysis project.   […]

Basic Analysis Sections with MIDI

For this lab you will strive to better understand a piece of music by breaking it down into simple components.   Collect/download the piece of music you wish to analyze.    Please select a complete piece of music that is no longer than 5 minutes. Copy the piece into a new audio track in Ableton […]

basic analysis sections

For this lab you will strive to better understand a piece of music by breaking it down into simple components.   Collect/download the piece of music you wish to analyze.    Please select a complete piece of music that is no longer than 5 minutes. Copy the piece into a new audio track in Ableton […]

Analysis by deconstructing beats

In traditional musical analysis,  we leverage the tools of Common Music Notation to better understand the elements that bring a musical work to life.   In computer music, we use another set of tools to understand the elements of an existing piece of music. In the video linked below.  Pat Cupo uses the practice of […]

Getting Started (CMA)

For some of you, this will be your first time playing around in a DAW.   For others this may be the first time doing something focused and intentional in a DAW.  Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) are amazingly powerful tools that let you create music with simple step by step tasks.   While the simplicity […]

Present Music that Sings to you

One of the fastest ways to get to know someone is through understanding what they like about music. For this lab/presentation.  You will select two pieces of music that mean a lot to you,  inspire you to make music, or inspire you in life.  If the music has lyrics please consider if it is the […]

CMA Fall 2015 Final Project Documentation

Video documentation of some of the final projects may be seen via the links below.  These are unlisted videos. Amanda (take 1, take 2) Andrew Leo Justin Quinn Tyler

CMA1 Feedback

Here is a chance for you to submit some feedback.  This may be especially important if you remember somethings after the final class. See form here.