About this Course
4.7
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46 reviews
How can we use computers to create expressive, compelling music? And how can we write computer software to help us create and organize sounds in new ways? This course provides a hands-on introduction to the field of music technology as both a creative musical practice and an interdisciplinary technical research pursuit. Students will be able to compose music in digital audio workstation software using both audio and symbolic representations; to write code to algorithmically generate music, analyze sound, and design sound; and to describe the essential theory and history behind these activities as well as their connection to cutting-edge computer music research. Through the exploration of topics such as acoustics, psychoacoustics, digital sound, digital signal processing, audio synthesis, spectral analysis, algorithmic composition, and music information retrieval, we will explore the deep relationships between art and science, between theory and practice, and between experimental and popular electronic music. We will learn about these topics in the context of digital audio workstation (DAW) software, the multi-track editing paradigm that has been dominant in music production since the 1980s. As we learn about the foundations behind such software, we will use this knowledge to more effectively create music with it, and we will also write a series of short software programs that extend the software’s ability to manipulate, transform, and analyze sound....
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Module 1: Introduction and the Basics of Sound

The first module provides an introduction to the course and lessons in acoustics, psychoacoustics, timbre, digital representation of sound, and spectral representation of sound....
Reading
14 videos (Total 134 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video14 videos
Soundscape Composition6m
Brian Whitman: A Singular Christmas6m
Course Structure and Expectations5m
Sound Waves15m
Psychoacoustics13m
Timbre11m
Digital Sound9m
Sampling Rate10m
Bit Width11m
Channels and Spatialization10m
Digital Audio Storage8m
Frequency Domain Analysis15m
Changing the Pitch and Speed of Sound4m
Reading5 readings
Syllabus10m
Consent Form10m
Get More From Georgia Tech10m
Video References: Course Introduction10m
Video References: The Basics of Sound10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
The Basics of Sound20m

2

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Module 2: Digital Audio Workstations

This module will look at DAW history and key features, music representation, recording and editing audio in a DAW, effects and automations, and aesthetic context....
Reading
7 videos (Total 95 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Getting Audio into the DAW15m
Editing Audio in the DAW11m
Using Effects in the DAW17m
Basic Audio Effects Part I19m
Basic Audio Effects Part II13m
Rendering Your DAW Project5m
Reading1 reading
Video References: Digital Audio Workstations10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Digital Audio Workstations20m

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Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Module 3: Working With MIDI

In this module we will take a look at MIDI specification (history, structure, limitations), real and virtual MIDI devices, and MIDI sequencing in the DAW. The module concludes with the first of two peer reviewed assignments, in which students create a multi-track DAW audio and MIDI composition....
Reading
9 videos (Total 107 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video9 videos
Types of MIDI Devices12m
The MIDI Specification Part I12m
The MIDI Specification Part II9m
Sequencing in the DAW9m
Editing MIDI in the DAW18m
Effects and MIDI in the DAW13m
Loop-Based Sequencing13m
Project A6m
Reading1 reading
Video References: Working with MIDI10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Working With MIDI20m

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Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Module 4: Algorithmic Composition Basic Techniques

In this module students will learn the basics of Python programming and the EarSketch API and the history and practice of algorithmic composition....
Reading
8 videos (Total 84 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
EarSketch7m
Our First Earsketch Script10m
Algorithmic Composition in EarSketch5m
Placing Sounds in the DAW15m
Pattern Sequencing in EarSketch Part I8m
Pattern Sequencing in EarSketch Part II16m
Effects in EarSketch13m
Reading1 reading
Video References: Algorithmic Composition Basic Techniques10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Algorithmic Composition Basic Techniques20m
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Top Reviews

By ETDec 8th 2015

A wonderful course with a great combination of accessible entry points and launching points for future exploration. A fantastic and possibility opening course. Thanks for making it available.

By PCMar 4th 2016

It is a great beginning in Music Technology subject. After I successfully completed this course I encouraged myself to study a masters degree in Music Computing.

Instructor

Dr. Jason A. Freeman

Professor
School of Music

About Georgia Institute of Technology

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