Music 220A Schedule

Fall 2017 | TTh 11:30am - 1:20pm in the CCRMA Stage (3rd floor) or Classroom (2nd floor)
Date Lecture Topics, Notes and Videos (in class) Listening Reading Project Out Project Due
9/26 Course logistics
Needle drop
(first meeting notes)
Dobrian (1997) - Digital Audio
Cook (2002) - Chapter 1 - Digital Audio Signals and Chapter 2 - Sampling and (Wavetable) Synthesis
9/28 Audio Resolution
Musical Instrument Spectra
Jonathan Harvey: Mortuous Plango
(article by Patricia Dirks)
(after a poem by Dylan Thomas)
Cook (2002) - Chapter 3 - Digital Filters and Chapter 6 - Spectral Modeling and Additive Synthesis
10/3 Get CCRMA accounts
Hydrophone building tutorial
Sign up for bus/boat on 10/10 ($10) Monterey Bay
Smith (2002) - Spectral Modeling Synthesis and Additive Synthesis
10/5 John Chowning lecture and performance with Maureen Chowning Concert 7:30pm CCRMA Transitions
(also on 10/4 with different program)
Chowning (1973) - FM Synthesis
Schottstaedt - An Introduction to FM
Homework 0
test the infrastructure for homework
10/10 Whale sound recording field trip Homework 1
Homework 0
10/12 Microphone building tutorial
Francis Bacon predicts computer music (1659)
John Chowning: Turenas
(article by the composer)
Smith (2004) - Virtual Acoustic Musical Instruments: Review and Update
10/17 Encoding in ambisonic format
Curves Visualizations
Time Scales
ChucK tutorial
Bill Schottstaedt: Dinosaur Music
(article by Stanley Jungleib, from Andrew Nelson's archive)
Bregman (2005) - Auditory Scene Analysis and the Role of Phenomenology in Experimental Psychology
Bregman and Ahad (1996) CD sound examples
Homework 2
radio play
Homework 1
10/19 Emily Graber lecture
Chuck tutorial
10/24 Loops, Functions, Sporks, Classes
Chuck tutorial
temperature and CO2 sonification
5 minutes, 850-present
(plucks are temp, sustain is CO2)
Chafe (1999) - Short History of Synthesis
clips from cited pieces
10/26 Nolan Lem lecture
10/31 Assembling "sound clips" in chuck
Chuck tutorial
Homework 3 Homework 2
11/2 Digital Filters (1)
Chuck tutorial
Natasha Barrett: Topology Chamber 2
(note by the composer)
Cook (2002) - Chapter 5 -
The Fourier Transform
11/7 Digital Filters (2) Chafe music (& name that synth technique) Homework 4 Homework 3
11/9 sound installation field trip Oakland / SF Final Project
11/14 Fourier-based Analysis / Resynthesis
11/16 individual project consultations
(sign up req'd)
Seminar Room (3rd floor)
Homework 4
Final Project Proposal
11/21 (no class - Thanksgiving Break)
11/23 (no class - Thanksgiving Break)
11/28 Kitty Shi's study Séverine Ballon demo/performance
11/30 Nonlinear Oscillators (bowed strings, etc.)
12/5 (no class - work on projects)
12/7 Final Projects presentation I - CCRMA stage, 11:30-1:20pm Final Project
12/14 Final Projects II - CCRMA stage, 12:15-3:15pm Final Project