Course Overview - Computer Music and Digital Synthesis 2008


This course will cover the fundamentals of digital sound synthesis methods and some techniques useful for algorithmic composition. In addition concepts of psychoacoustics will also be presented when needed. See the Lectures page for a short list of topics that will be covered and a preliminary calendar of classes.

The course uses the SuperCollider 3 synthesis and algorithmic composition environment for its sound, music and programming examples.


Evaluation consists of assignments and a project. Each assignment builds on the knowledge of the previous ones, and the final outcome is a final project which can be a short computer music composition or a short paper in areas related to the topics of the course.

  • An initial proposal for the project will be due (and required) on May 22nd
  • For Leistungsschein (Master + Magister): the written part of the project should be 4 to 5 pages long. The project it can be a small piece, design of a software instrument, an installation, etc. Or it can be a paper only, in which case it should be longer (around 10 pages). The project or paper will be presented during the class, presentations should last at most 10 minutes. Projects can be done as a team but then the extent of the project should be bigger than if it were made by an individual student.
  • for Magister (Teilnahmeschein) a shorter presentation would be enough.

It is possible to present a single project for students taking both the Computer Music and Digital Synthesis and the Sound on Space courses.

Project Presentations

Each project will be presented in a 10 minute slot during the first 1/2 hour of the lecture time (last 5 weeks of the course). Please contact Fernando or Wilm to reserve a presentation slot.


Fernando Lopez-Lezcano CCRMA, Stanford University

TA: Wilm Thoben


English (you probably guessed that already :-)

Time and Location

The course meets on Thursdays from 14:00 to 16:00 at the Big Studio at TU-Berlin (room EN324), from 24.04.2008 to 17.07.2008

Web resources (this page)