Winter 2003

220b: Synthesis Techniques, Compositional Algorithms, Psychoacoustics and Spatial Processing

* Course Description

This is the second course in the 220 series. It covers some basic sound synthesis techniques not covered last quarter (see 220a), algorithmic composition techniques, spatialization and some psychoacoustics. The course uses the CLM-2 (Common Lisp Music) environment to create all sound examples and the Common Lisp programming language (in which clm-2 itself is implemented) for all programming examples.

Common Lisp Music (CLM) is a public domain sound design language written on top of Common Lisp, currently running in Macintosh PowerPCs, Windows and several UNIX environments including SGI, Sun, NeXT and Linux.

Evaluation consists of 4 assignments and a final project. Each assignment builds on the knowledge of the previous one, and the final outcome is a final project which is usually a computer music composition. Alternatively, there is an option of bringing back those skills learned during 220a (STK, C++) and in combination with the algorithmic composition prowess achieved so far, and a set of new skills (QT interface building, packet transmission) develop a distributed audio application over the internet. This project is going to be presented during the finals week.

Assignment submission track sheet


* Lectures

Week Tue
Topic goal Assignment
JAN 1 7 Lisp,xemacs,clm,... 9 synthesis, modulation Introduction I (10%) sound check, synthesis - submission 1week later

2 14 Granulation I 16 state machines, markov src, AlgComp I II (15%) small study (grani) - submission 2 weeks later

3 21 ... 23 Cellular automata ...

4 28 vbap, htrf 30 ambisonics Spatialization III (15%) small study (spat) - submission 2 weeks later
FEB 5 04 ... 06 ... ...

6 11 Physical Modelling 13 cellular automata, chaos, fractals PhysMod, AlgComp II IV (20%) medium piece (physMod, random proc.) - submission 2 weeks later

7 18 ... 20 ... ATS, Digital Filters

8 25 ...algorithmic composition (nando)
27 network  music project (chris)
Final Project phase (bifurcation)
Final Project (40%) - presentation 3 weeks later
MAR 9 04 ...
06 ...

10 11 nando's wrap-up 13 chris' wrap-up Wrap-up

11 18 final's 20 week Presentation

Supplementary information and links (Winter 2001), by Chris Burns.

Suplementary texts

* Elements of Computer Music
F. Richard Moore, Prentice Hall, 1990
* The Computer Music Tutorial
Curtis Road, MIT press, 1996
* Musical Sound
John Pierce, Scientific American Books, 1990
* Computer Music: Synthesis, Composition and Performance
Charles Dodge and Thomas Jerse, Schirmer Books, New York, 1985

* Administrative Information

Music 220b meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:15am to 11:45am. Winter quarter only, in the Ballroom at CCRMA.

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