Electronic Music: Introduction to Digital Synthesis
This course surveys the theory and practice of electronic music production and performance techniques, focusing on digital audio techniques such as synthesis (additive, subtractive, frequency and amplitude modulation), MIDI and sampling and digital signal processing effects such as compression, delays and filters. The summer seminar uses Max/MSP and Ableton Live as its tools of choice (students can choose whether to purchase Ableton or use the 90 day free trial for the course). Readings and listening assignments explore the history of electronic music, and projects will be oriented toward production, peer listening and group critique. Course relevant to wide array of student musical interests, from experimental and live electro-acoustic techniques to film scores and EDM.