2016 Fall Quarterstarts 09/27
sign up for final project presentation order
Faust tutorial by Julius Smith
Whale recordings 2016
(conversion to ambisonic):
lecture videos (from Nov 29 & Dec 1) posted to Course Schedule page
upcoming (Nov 29) Digital Filters, FIR / IIR, stretched strings & tubes
upcoming (Dec 1) bowed strings, blown tubes, FFT / IFFT


Course Description

Computer-generated sound is pervasive today, and the theory and techniques commonly used for creating and manipulating a wide array of sounds are good background for anyone who wants to compose or do research in computer sound and music. The purpose of this course is to introduce fundamental techniques and practice basic sound generation and manipulation by computers. Digital audio and computer music have affinities with other fields such as acoustics and psychoacoustics, mathematics, digital signal processing, computer programming, user interface design, and music theory and composition. Course topics will relate to all of the above.

The course uses open source software. The Faust and ChucK dsp and music programming languages, and their integrated programming environments FaustLive and miniAudicle are cross-platform tools we'll use for the programming templates, lectures and assignments. Homework is in the form of mini composition ├ętudes submiitted online and formatted for binaural listening. Materials will be encoded using multi-channel spatial audio techniques (more than stereo but rendered to stereo for listening via headphones).

Course schedule (2016)


Course Info

Chris Chafe (cc@ccrma)
Teaching Assistants
Elliot Kermit-Canfield (kermit@ccrma)
Nick Virzi (nvirzi@ccrma)
Time and Place
Fall Quarter, 2016
CCRMA Stage (Knoll Bldg Third Foor)
TA Office Hours
Tuesday's after class and by appointment
Online Course Prep (optional)
Introduction to Programming for Musicians and Digital Artists
Textbook (optional)
Programming for Musicians and Digital Artists Creating music with ChucK