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 free 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. There will be some parallel examples introduced in JavaScript (Web Audio). Homework is in the form of mini-composition ├ętudes submitted online. Some will use multi-channel spatial audio techniques and be formatted for binaural listening (via headphones).

Course schedule (2018)


Course Info

Chris Chafe (cc@ccrma)
Teaching Assistants
Orchi Das (orchisamadas@gmail)
Doga Cavdir (cavdir@stanford)
Time and Place
Fall Quarter, 2018
Mon / Wed 1:30pm - 3:20pm
CCRMA Stage (or sometimes Classroom)
TA Office Hours
Mon / Wed 12:30pm - 1:30pm / 3:30pm - 4:30pm
CCRMA ballroom
Online Course Prep (optional)
Introduction to Programming for Musicians and Digital Artists
Textbook (optional)
Programming for Musicians and Digital Artists Creating music with ChucK