Music 154

Composition and Performance of Instrumental Music with Electronics

Stanford University

Spring 2009

Monday, 1:15-3:05 pm -- Knoll 217 (CCRMA Classroom)

Instructor: Bruno Ruviaro (ruviaro at stanford dot edu)

Teaching Assistant: Marisol Jimenez (marisolj at stanford dot edu)

What is electroacoustic music? Acousmatic, computer music, algorithmic composition, tape music, glitch, electronic, musique concrète, noise, laptop performance, organized sound... what are all these names? This course will provide a brief historical survey of electroacoustic music and discuss some of the most salient questions associated with it, from both a compositional and musicological point of view. Topics to be covered include: possible definitions of musical sound and musical instrument; Schaefferian theory and musique concrète; serialism and elektronische Musik; tape music and computer music in the USA; analysis of electroacoustic music; sampling and intellectual property; algorithmic and computer-aided composition; live-electronics and improvisation. The course does not require previous experience in the field. Classes will be based on discussion of selected listening and reading materials, as well as hands-on electroacoustic fun with sounds.

Download the syllabus

Reference material suggested:

Electric Sound: The Past and Promise of Electronic Music, by Joel Chadabe. Prentice Hall, 1997.

Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music, by Christoph Cox & Daniel Warner (Editors). Continuum, 2004.

Electro-acoustic Music [PDF available here], entry from Grove/Oxford Music Online. (You can access Grove Music Online from the Music Library website)