Course Information

Class: T+Th 6:00-7:50pm
Labs/Office Hours: After class (T+Th 7:50-9:30pm)
Location: CCRMA Classroom (the Knoll)
Prerequisite: prior programming experience

In recent years, technologies for synthesizing, processing and controlling sound, as well as those for embedded computing, sensing and inter-device communication have become independently mature. This course deals with technology-mediated aesthetically-grounded design of new interfaces for musical expression, and the questions the arise therein: What happens when human behaviors meet those of machines? How do the technology we use determine the form of interaction? How might design embrace both capabilities and limitations of human performance and affordances of machines? What new music practices or art forms may emerge with the new instruments we create? Coursework includes a series of exercises introducing sensors, circuits, micro-controllers, communication, and programmable sound synthesis, as well as reflective, critical discussion of new technology in the service of music and art.


There will be assignments every week until week 5 after which students will be able to focus on final projects. Assignments are due the following week on Thursday before class. Late days are not allowed.



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Final Presentations (March 22, 7pm)

Final presentations will happen on CCRMA stage on March 22, at 7pm.