Computer Music: Musc 216
Class meets Tues. and Thurs. 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Spring 2009


Session: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

Mid-term Exam, Final Exam, Project 1, Project 2

Listening Quiz 1, Listening Quiz 2

Check your GRADES in your Gradefile

Tutorials Index

Course Syllabus

Calendar for 2009


Text in the color BLACK indicates TOPICS COVERED in class.

Text in BLUE indicates READ SOMETHING (reading assignments).

Text in RED indicates DO SOMETHING (homework assignments, quizzes, tests, etc.)

Text in GREEN indicates specific HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS. Usually these are files (JSYD, Isadora, SoundTrack, Quicktime, etc.) that should be EMAILED to the Instructor, submitted on CD, or dropped in a Homework Folder located on a server. Check the individual homework assignments for instructions on submitting the assignment.


Session 1 (Thurs., Jan. 8)

Introduction to the course
Explanation of the Syllabus and Course Requirements
Demonstration of some Computer Music Software
Recorded examples of some Computer Music / Electro-acoustic Music
Electronic Classroom procedures and walk-in hours

Check out (read) these links:

Computer Music
Computer Music

Electronic Music
Electro-Acoustic Music

Synthesizer
Analog Synthesizer

Algorithmic Composition
Computer-Aided Algorithmic Composition

Computers in Music (see Scientific American, April 1988. Vol. 258, no. 4)
Computers in Music  (here is the actual article)

Complete the Student Information Form

Read the Syllabus

Watch this movie: Computer Music History -- Music Meets the Computer. This is an online movie (QuickTime format) and will take about one hour to watch. Two of the most important and infuential people in the early development of computer music talk about their contributions -- Max Matthews and Curtis Roads. It may take as much as 30-60 seconds before the movie starts to play, so be patient. If you get an error that the movie will not load or play, you may have to download and install the quicktime plugin. Some questions in Study Questions #1 will be taken from information presented in this movie. So you will not be able to complete the study questions until you watch the movie.

Check out (read) these links:

Max Mathews
Robert Moog
Ray Kurzweil
John Chowning
Charles Dodge
Jean-Claude Risset

Bring HEADPHONES and RECORDABLE MEDIA to class next time.

Complete Study Questions #1 before the end of the next session. Study Questions 1 - 9 must be completed by 10:00 p.m. Friday, February 27 (Mid-Semester cutoff date). You will not be able to submit those Study Questions after that date. See LATE ASSIGNMENTS.

The questions on this 1st set of Study Questions will draw from all the above reading assignments including the course syllabus. Please complete those assignments before you take submit the StudyQuestions. Once they are submitted there will not be an opportunity to redo them.


Session 2 (Tues., Jan. 13)

Introduction to PRINCIPLES OF ACOUSTICS. See Principles of Acoustics: What Is Sound?

Read: Sound

Explanation of the natural Harmonic Series. [Also see Sub Harmonic.]
Demonstration of the natural Harmonic Series on a guitar string.

Read: Acoustics and Vibrations Animations
Read: Harmonic Series (music)

Do the 'Principles of Acoustics' Tutorial and know all the TERMS listed at the bottom of the page.

Complete the TERMS QUIZ before the end of the next session. All online quizzes and Study Questions must be completed by 10:00 p.m. Friday, February 27 (Mid-Semester cutoff date). You will not be able to submit those Study Questions after that date. See LATE ASSIGNMENTS.


Session 3 (Thurs., Jan. 15)

Introduction to some Fundamentals of Music:

See: Notes on the keyboard
See: Music Fundamentals

Introduction to Sound Synthesis.
Introduction to Additive Synthesis (also called Fourier Synthesis)

Demonstration of constructive interference and destructive interference: using the Fourier Synthesis Engine

Demonstration of JSYD : Creating a simple patch.

Download the most CURRENT version of JSYD HERE.

Read the following sections of the JSYD User Manual.

0.0 Letter from the Author
1.0 Introduction to JSYD
1.1 A JSYD Tutorial
1.2 Where to go from here
1.2 Basic Unit Descriptions
2.1 Sound Generating Units, particularly: Oscillator
2.2 Sound Modifier Units, particularly: Amplifier, Envelope
2.3 Structure Units, particularly: Speaker (Output)

Do the following Landes JSYD Tutorials:

Creating a Simple JSYD Patch
Viewing a Graph Representation of the Patch
Setting the Length of the Sound
Setting the Sample Rate
Output to Memory, AIFF or WAVE
Adjusting the Amplitude
Adjusting the Frequency

Do the tutorial, Creating a SQUARE WAVE using Additive Synthesis

Do the tutorial, Additive Synthesis.

Complete Study Questions #2 before the end of the next session. Study Questions 1 - 9 must be completed by 10:00 p.m. Friday, February 27 (Mid-Semester cutoff date). You will not be able to submit those Study Questions after that date. See LATE ASSIGNMENTS.


Session 4 (Tue., Jan. 20) More JSYD programming

Creating a simple amplitude envelope.

Do the following Landes JSYD Tutorials:

Applying the Envelope Generator

Creating a simple Bell Patch.

Read the tutorial, Creating a Simple Bell.

Explanation of the EXPRESSION function. [There is no tutorial for the EXPRESSION function yet.]

Experiment with creating a variety of simple BELL patches with different fundamental frequencies. Try to implement the EXPRESSION function.


Homework #1

Create a simple Additive Synthesis Bell Patch using the parameters described in the Simple Bell Tutorial.

You do not have to submit your homework for evaluation; however, it is highly recommended that you complete all homework asignments.

Complete Study Questions #3 before the end of the next session. Study Questions 1 - 9 must be completed by 10:00 p.m. Friday, February 27 (Mid-Semester cutoff date). You will not be able to submit those Study Questions after that date. See LATE ASSIGNMENTS.


Session 5 (Thur., Jan. 22)

More JSYD programming: Complex Bell

Homework #2

Building on your last homework assignment and using techniques described in Additive Synthesis and Simple Bell Tutorial, create a more COMPLEX BELL patch demonstrating new techniques:

1. Using a logarithmic scale for amplitude values (check out Square Spectrum)
2. Detuned pairs of operators (see partial)
3. Multiple envelopes (high frequencies decay quicker than low frequencies
4. Setting the base frequency using the EXPRESSION function (tutorial to be posted)

You do not have to submit your homework for evaluation; however, it is highly recommended that you complete all homework asignments.

Complete Study Questions #4 before the end of the next session. Study Questions 1 - 9 must be completed by 10:00 p.m. Friday, February 27 (Mid-Semester cutoff date). You will not be able to submit those Study Questions after that date. See LATE ASSIGNMENTS.


Synthesizing natural sounds. See the tutorial Deconstructing Natural Sounds.

Homework #3

After you have finished the tutorial, Deconstructing Natural Sounds, choose one of the following soundfiles and create a JSYD patch using those procedures:

clarinet

flute

cello

To download a sound, hold the OPTION key down and then click on the link. Next, choose the location where you will save the file.

1. download the soundfile to your desktop or recordable media (Jumpdrive; zip disk,etc.)
2. open the soundfile in Amadeus II.
3. select a section of the file.
4. follow the procedures in Deconstructing Natural Sounds and perform a spectral analysis.
5. write down the frequencies and amplitues of all the harmonics.
6. program you sound in JSYD.

You do not have to submit your homework for evaluation; however, it is highly recommended that you complete all homework asignments.

Complete Study Questions #5 before the end of the next session. Study Questions 1 - 9 must be completed by 10:00 p.m. Friday, February 27 (Mid-Semester cutoff date). You will not be able to submit those Study Questions after that date. See LATE ASSIGNMENTS.


Session 6 (Tues., Jan. 27) LISTENING QUIZ #1 is scheduled for one week from today. Have you listened to the required examples?

Explanation of modulation.
Demonstration of two techniques of modulation:

envelope
LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator)

Do the following Landes JSYD Tutorials:

LFO Modulation of Amplitude

LFO Modulation of Frequency

Demonstration of a variety of special effects (FX) sounds using LFO modulation control of amplitude and/or frequency:

telephone; siren; siren going off in the distance, laser blasts, "boinks" and "plops", water droplets.


Introduction to Noise & Filters; LFO control of AMPLIFIER and Filter Bandwidth.

Creating a Helicopter patch.

Do the following Landes JSYD Tutorials:

JSYD Helicopter Tutorial


Homework #4

Experiment with creating a variety of simple Helicopter patches with different frequency bands and bandwidths. Try to create a 'small' helicopter (i.e., fast rotating blades at a high frequency band. Also try to create 'big' helicopter (slow rotating blades at a low frequency band). Have you figured out the relationship between the constant in the BAND WIDTH field of the filter and the value used for the AMPLITUDE of the modulating oscillator?

Building on the skills you learned today in the JSYD Helicopter Tutorial, create a UNIQUE helicopter patch that has more features than the basic tutorial.

You do not have to submit your homework for evaluation; however, it is highly recommended that you complete all homework asignments.

Complete Study Questions #6 before the end of the next session. Study Questions 1 - 9 must be completed by 10:00 p.m. Friday, February 27 (Mid-Semester cutoff date). You will not be able to submit those Study Questions after that date. See LATE ASSIGNMENTS.


Session 7 (Thur., Jan. 29) LISTENING QUIZ #1 is scheduled for the next class session. Have you listened to the required examples?

See Frequency Modulation (FM).

Check out these links for a detailed explanation of Frequency Modulation, including the MATH (Sound on Sound - an online Music Recording Magazine).

Introduction to Frequency Modulation
More on Frequency Modulation

Creating a BELL patch in JSYD using FM synthesis techniques. See these tutorials:

FM Bell Tutorial
FM Brass Tutorial
FM Clarinet Tutorial

Read FM Synthesis.


Homework #5

Complete the tutorial, Creating a Simple FM Bell.

Using techniques described in class and in FM Synthesis, create a simple Bell patch using frequency modulation techniques. You do not have to submit your homework for evaluation; however, it is highly recommended that you complete all homework asignments.

Complete Study Questions #7 before the end of the next session. Study Questions 1 - 9 must be completed by 10:00 p.m. Friday, February 27 (Mid-Semester cutoff date). You will not be able to submit those Study Questions after that date. See LATE ASSIGNMENTS.


Session 8 (Tue., Feb. 3) LISTENING QUIZ #1

Listening Quiz #1 will be given at the beginning of class today and will take approx. 20 minutes. Students arriving late for class may not have time to finish the quiz. Students missing class will not be allowed to make up the quiz.

Introduction to Amadeus II.

A link to the application, AMADEUSII can be found in the Applications Folder. The soundFile example, "OracleVO" can be downloaded here:

OracleVO

To download this sound file so you can use it to complete the exercises below, do one of the following:

1. hold down the OPTION key and then click the link
2. right click on the link
3. hold down the  CONTROL key, click on the link, then choose the download option.

After you download the OracleVO soundfile, open it in Amadeus II

Check out Amadeus II ShortCuts

Check out the Amadeus II HELP MENU (it's a PDF File).

Here are some "skills" you need to master in AmadeusII:

1. Clip out a section of a file and save the selection as a separate file.

Using AmadeusII, open the soundfile, "Oracle VO" soundfile and then perform the following:

1. Clip out the following words/phrases and save as separate files:

- "be careful"
- "intent"
- "fire"
- "heart"
- "burns"
- "your noxious"

2. Piece individual files or "clips" together (see above) and create the phrase,"Be careful. Your noxious heart burns."

2. Add EFFECTS to a selected section of a file:

- Amplify
- Reverse
- Change the pitch
- Change the Speed
- Fade IN
- Fade OUT
- Echo
- Normalize
- DeNoise

1. Open one of the soundfiles you clipped and saved from the exercise above, for example, "Be careful". Apply the "Change Pitch and Speed" effect to slow down and speed up the sound.

2. Experiment with the other effects in any way you feel like.

3. Export an AIFF or WAV file from one of your JSYD patches (for example, the ComplexBell or the Helicopter). Open the file in AmadeusII and experiment with processing it in a variety of ways to create new sounds. Save your work if you create something you like (you might be able to use it in your Project1).

Homework #6

Using AmadeusII, paste together 3 different JSYD sounds (aiff files) into ONE file, for example: a bell, a helicopter, and an instrument. You do not have to submit your homework for evaluation; however, it is highly recommended that you complete all homework asignments.

Complete STUDY QUESTIONS #8 before the end of the next session. Study Questions 1 - 9 must be completed by 10:00 p.m. Friday, February 27 (Mid-Semester cutoff date). You will not be able to submit those Study Questions after that date. See LATE ASSIGNMENTS.

These questions are related to using AmadeusII and the answers can be found in the AmadeusII Help (PDF) file which you access directly from the application.


Session 9 (Thur., Feb. 5) Introduction to SoundTrack

The SoundTrack work environment:

- The Media Manager
- The File Browser
- Searching for sounds
- Indexing your sounds
- Auditioning your sounds
- Adding a sound to a track
- Navigating the tracks window
- Zoom controls
- Transport controls
- Copying and pasting
- Looping
- Viewing the track envelopes
- Adding effects
- Effect envelopes


Session 10 (Tue., Feb. 10) Creating your own Electronic Music Composition

Homework #7: Complete the tutorial, Creating Your Own Music Composition before the end of the NEXT class session. The purpose of this homework assignment is to prepare you to begin and then submit your 1st Project. The steps outlined below are for the most part, the same steps you will follow for the Project. For this homework assignment you will create a SHORT example in SoundTrack Pro which uses a minimum of 5 sound files. You will apply a few simple effects, export it as an AIF file, NORMALIZE it in either AmadeusII or SoundTrackPro, resave the normalized file, copy the related files to a CD, and then submit the CD as a homework assignment.

To complete this homework assignment:

1. You should submit your assignment on a CDR type disk. DO NOT use a CD-RW. With these computers, a CD-RW is not always reliable and may be unreadable.

2. Create a new folder in the SHARED FOLDER and call it MyComposition.YourLastName.

3. Organize your folder according to types of files, for example: SoundFiles, JSYD files, etc.

4. Copy any files you plan to use in your Composition which are located on external media (CDs, flash drives, etc.) into this folder before you place them in SoundTrackPro.

5. Create your Composition according to the guidelines in Creating Your Own Music Composition.

6. When you are ready to save your composition in SoundTrack Pro, choose the "Collect Files" option.  This will gather together ALL soundfiles, no matter in what directory, and then copy them to the same directory as the saved SoundTrack Pro file.

7. When your Composition is finished in SoundTrackPro you should export a MIXED version as an AIFF file. There should be absolutely NO CLIPPING in the exported file. If there is, you will have to go back to SoundTrack Pro and re-mix it.

8.  Using Amadeus II or SoundTrack Pro, normalize the exported file to 100% (0.0 db) of amplitude. Then resave the NORMALIZED file.

9. Consequently your Composition folder would have the following folders and files:

- Subfolders which contain your various sound resources
- Your completed SoundTrack file Composition
- An AIFF file version of your Composition which was exported from SoundTrack Pro (optional)
- A NORMALIZED version of the exported AIFF file (this is the FINAL versino of your composition)

If your Composition folder is not organized properly you will not get full credit for your homework assignment.

10. Copy your ENTIRE Composition folder (MyComposition.YourLastName) on to a CDR. You should submit your Project on a CDR type disk. DO NOT use a CD-RW. With these computers, a CD-RW is not always reliable and may be unreadable.

11. Using a permanent marker, label the CD: MyComposition.

12. Also write on the CD:

- Your Name
- Your Email address
- A phone number where you can be reached

13. Write on the CD with a PERMANENT MARKER. Do not tape a label to it; do not put a post-it note on it.

This homework assignment is due EXACTLY by the END OF THE NEXT CLASS SESSION. Late homework assignments will be accepted at the discretion of the instructor. However, any CD's submitted after the EXACT time of the end of the next class (12:15 pm) will result in a lowered grade for the homework assignment.

14. Put the CD in a CD jacket (either paper or plastic). Do not make your own CD jacket by taping or stapling paper together.

CD's submitted without a CD jacket or jewel case and CD's submitted in "IMPROVISED" jackets will not receive full credit.

How this Homework Assignment will be graded:

You should submit your assignment on a CDR type disk. DO NOT use a CD-RW. With these computers, a CD-RW is not always reliable and may be unreadable. If you submit your assignment on a CD-RW, the disk may be unreadable and you will not get any credit for this assignment.

1. CD is labeled properly (see above) = 5%
2. CD is submitted in a CD jacket = 5%
3. CD contains the entire My Composition Folder = 10%
4. CD contains the SoundTrack file version of your Composition = 20%
5. CD contains the NORMALIZED AIF file version of your Composition = 20%
6. The SoundTrack version of your Composition works and meets the minimum criteria (see the tutorial) = 20%
7. The AIF file version of your Composition plays and and sounds good = 20%

This homework grade will count the same as a group of Study Questions.

Also see, Homework Assignments.

Submit Homework #7 (Creating Your Own Music Composition) on a CD.

Also see, Homework Assignments.

Complete STUDY QUESTIONS #9 before the end of the next session. Study Questions 1 - 9 must be completed by 10:00 p.m. Friday, February 27. (Mid-Semester cutoff date). You will not be able to submit those Study Questions after that date. See LATE ASSIGNMENTS.

These questions are related to using AIFF files with SoundTrack.


Session 11 (Thur., Feb. 12) Complete the homework assignment, Creating Your Own Music Composition before the end of class today. Begin working on Project 1

To begin work on your PROJECT 1, you should:

1. Print out the PROJECT 1 description and read it carefully.

2. Be familiar with specific SKILLS in Amadeus II (review the material from Session 8)

3. Be familiar with specific SKILLS in SoundTrack (review the material from Session 9)

4. Create a folder in your SHARED FOLDER called Project1 and keep ALL your files in there. Remember, if you use a soundfile from another location (directory) you should COPY the file into your Project1 folder. Do not move (rearrange) the files in your Project1 folder once you start assembling your Project.

5. Assemble the sound RESOURCES you will need for your Project and organize them in your PROJECT 1 folder.

6. Copy any LOOP files you intend to use from the Apple Loops folder into your Project1 folder.

7. Any soundfile material you record, download, or sample from a CD will have to be saved in your Project1 folder. Never place a soundfile into your SoundTrack Project tracks unless you have copied the soundfile into your Project1 folder first.

8. After you begin your Project, you should develop a consistent procedure (strategy) for saving (backing up) your Project1 folder. For example, you might decide to:

- back up your Project1 Folder on a CDR at the end of every session (before you leave the Lab)

- back up your Project1 Folder at least twice during the period of time you are working on it, for example on Sunday evening and Tuesday evening.

Because the Shared folder is fully accessible to anyone who uses the Lab, there is no guarantee that any material you leave in the Shared folder will still be there the next time you come to the Lab. If you do not backup your work on a regular basis you are risking loosing all your work and having to start over again at some point. NO TIME EXTENSIONS will be given because of lost work.

9. When you return to the Lab at a later time to continue working on your Project, you have two options:

- you can assume the Project1 folder you left in the Shared folder is CURRENT and has not been disturbed by anyone and then merely continue working on it from there

- you can COPY your Project1 folder from your backed up CD to your computer hard drive Shared Folder and then continue working on it from there. If you choose this option, you may have to RENAME one of the Project1 folders, for example:

Project1.old 2/11/06
Project1.current 2/113/06
etc....

Homework #8 -- not required


Session 12 (Tue., Feb. 17)

Work on Project 1 in class.


Session 13 (Thurs., Feb. 19)

Work on Project 1 in class.

Session 14 (Tue., Feb. 24) The Mid-term Exam will be available ONLINE today.

The Mid-term Exam will be made available ONLINE today and the completed Exam is due by 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 27.. At that time the ONLINE Exam will be removed and you will not be allowed to have access to it. In addition, to the written part of the Exam, there will be some JSYD programming examples. Your Final Exam JSYD files should be copied onto a CD and submitted along with your Project 1 to the instructor's mailbox at the Blair School of Music Office (see below). Late submissions will not be accepted for any reason and will result in a failing grade for the Mid-term Exam. Please test your Exam CD on a Macintosh computer in the Electronic Classroom. CD's which are submitted and do not mount on a Macintosh computer will result in FAILURE for that part of the Exam. In addition, any required files which are not submitted or copied onto the Mid-term Exam CD will not be accepted after the deadline. All files (JSYD files and AIFF files) must be readable from a Macintosh computer or you will not get credit for the files.

Your Mid-term Exam files CD should be submitted ALONG WITH YOUR PROJECT1. You can either put your Mid-term exam files on a separate CD or create a SUBFOLDER on your Project1 CD for you Mid-term Exam files. Consequently, the manilla envelope you submit for your Project1 will either contain ONE or TWO CD's. If it contains ONE CD, then it will be assumed by the instructor that your Mid-term Exam files are included on that CD. If it contains TWO CD's, then it will be assumed by the instructor that one of the CD's is your Project1 CD and the other one is the Mid-term Exam files CD.

The instructor will not accept either the Project1 or the Mid-term Exam CD in class. You should submit both your Project1 and your Mid-term exam files to the Blair School of Music office by 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 27. Late Mid-term Exams will not be accepted for any reason.

UNDER NOT CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU E-MAIL ANY OF YOUR Mid-Term Exam FILES OR YOUR PROJECT1 FILES. NO E-MAILED FILES WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Work on Project 1 in class.

Session 15 (Thur., Feb. 26) All outstanding work from the 1st part of the course is due TOMORROW -- Friday, February 27.

All STUDY QUESTIONS from the1st part of the course (#'s 1 - 9) are due by 10:00 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, February 27.

The Mid-term Exam and related files are due by 5:00 pm tomorrow: Friday, February 27.

Project #1 is due by 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, February 27. Please place your Project CD with related files and a HARD COPY of your Written Summary in an 8.5 x 11" MANILLA ENVELOPE and submit it to the Instructor's mail box in the Blair School of Music Office. Any parts of your Project submitted after the 5:00 p.m. deadline will make the entire Project LATE. See Late Assignments. No part of the Mid-term Exam will be accepted late. If either Part One or Part Two of the MidTerm Exam is not submitted by the deadline, then you will receive a ZERO for that part of the Exam.

Please test your Project CD on a Macintosh computer in the Electronic Classroom. CD's which are submitted and do not mount on a Macintosh computer will be considered LATE. See Late Assignments.

See the Project #1 description for complete guidelines to submitting your project.

The Instructor will NOT accept either the Project1 or Mid-term Exam files in class. Both the Mid-Term Exam and the Project must be submitted to the Instructor's mail box in the Blair School of Music Office. The ENTIRE project must be submitted together (CD with related files and Written Summary in a manilla envelope with your name, email address and telephone number).

You should also include your Mid-term Exam files CD along with your Project1. You can either put your Mid-term exam files on a separate CD or create a SUBFOLDER on your Project1 CD for you Mid-term Exam files. Consequently, the manilla envelope you submit for your Project1 will either contain ONE or TWO CD's. If it contains ONE CD, then it will be assumed by the instructor that your Mid-term Exam files are included on that CD. If it contains TWO CD's, then it will be assumed by the instructor that one of the CD's is your Project1 CD and the other one is the Mid-term Exam files CD.


Spring Break: Feb. 28 - March 8


Session 16 (Tue., Mar. 10)

Play Mid-Term Projects in Class


Session 17 (Thur., Mar. 12)

Introduction to MIDI. See MIDI Resources.

Specifically read these tutorials:

MIDI Commands

Counting in Various Bases

Decimal - Hexadecimal - Binary Conversion Table

General MIDI Program Map

Complete STUDY QUESTIONS #10 before the end of the next session. Study Questions 10 - 15 must be completed by 10:00 p.m. Friday, April 24 (End of the Semester cutoff date). You will not be able to submit those Study Questions after that date. See LATE ASSIGNMENTS.

These questions are related to using MIDI, including MIDI Commands and Hexadecimal conversion. See MIDI Resources.


Session 18 (Tue., Mar. 17) Introduction to ISADORA

See the Isadora Tutorials Index. Study the Isadora TERMS and complete the Isadora TERMS QUIZ (not ready yet).

Homework #9

Complete the Isadora tutorial, Play a Note before the end of the next session. The Play a Note tutorial implements only ONE note (the 'a' key). Extend the capabilities of the tutorial file by adding additional ACTORS so that you can play notes on a whole ROW of keys: a s d f h j k

These keys should play these notes respectively: 60 62 64 65 67 69 71 72

The notes should play when you press the keys and turn off when you let the key up.

Complete STUDY QUESTIONS #11 before the end of the next session. Study Questions 10 - 15 must be completed by 10:00 p.m. Friday, April 24 (End of the Semester cutoff date). You will not be able to submit those Study Questions after that date. See LATE ASSIGNMENTS.

These questions are related to Isadora TERMS and the tutorial, Play a Note. When you complete the Play a Note tutorial, you have made the 1st step towards creating your Project2.


Session 19 (Thur., Mar. 19) More Isadora Programming

All Notes Off. Program Changes. Adding Controls

Please read the description of PROJECT 2. You will have to submit a draft of a CUE SHEET in a couple weeks, so start thinking about how you might beging working on that.

Homework #10

Complete the Isadora tutorials, All Notes Off before the end of the next session. When doing this tutorials, do not create a new file but add this material to the existing file you created in your last homework assignment.

Complete STUDY QUESTIONS #12 before the end of the next session. Study Questions 10 - 15 must be completed by 10:00 p.m. Friday, April 24 (End of the Semester cutoff date). You will not be able to submit those Study Questions after that date. See LATE ASSIGNMENTS.

These questions are related to Isadora PROCEDURES as well as the tutorial, All Notes Off. There are also some questions regarding due dates of Project2.


Session 20 (Tue., Mar. 24) LISTENING QUIZ #2 is scheduled for the next class session. Have you listened to the required examples?

Homework #11

Complete the Isadora tutorials, Program Changes before the end of the next session. When doing this tutorials, do not create a new file but add this material to the existing file you created in your last homework assignment.

Submit completed Homework Assignment from the 2nd half of the course on a CD at the end of the semester.

Complete STUDY QUESTIONS #13 before the end of the next session. Study Questions 10 - 15 must be completed by 10:00 p.m. Friday, April 24 (End of the Semester cutoff date). You will not be able to submit those Study Questions after that date. See LATE ASSIGNMENTS.

These questions are related to Isadora TERMS and PROCEDURES as well as the tutorial, Program Changes. There are also some questions regarding due dates of Project2.

Introduction to Project 2


Session 21 (Thur., Mar. 26) LISTENING QUIZ #2

Listening Quiz #2 will be given at the beginning of class today and will take approx. 20 minutes. Students arriving late for class may not have time to finish the quiz. Students missing class will not be allowed to make up the quiz.

More Isadora Programming

Control Changes: Volume, Pan, Modulation

Homework #12

Complete the Isadora tutorials, Control Changes before the end of the next session. When doing this tutorials, do not create a new file but add this material to the existing file you created in your last homework assignment.

Complete STUDY QUESTIONS #14 before the end of the next session. Study Questions 10 - 15 must be completed by 10:00 p.m. Friday, April 24 (End of the Semester cutoff date). You will not be able to submit those Study Questions after that date. See LATE ASSIGNMENTS.

These questions are related to Isadora TERMS and PROCEDURES as well as the tutorial, Control Changes.


Session 22 (Tue., Mar. 31)

More Isadora Programming: Automatic Processes

Homework #13

Complete the Isadora tutorials, Automatic Process before the end of the next session. When doing this tutorials, do not create a new file but add this material to the existing file you created in your last homework assignment.

Submit completed Homework Assignment from the 2nd half of the course on a CD at the end of the semester.

There are no Study Questions for this lecture.


Session 23 (Thur., Apr. 2)

More Isadora Programming: Step Sequencer

Homework #14

Complete the Isadora tutorials, Step Sequencer before the end of the next session. When doing this tutorials, do not create a new file but add this material to the existing file you created in your last homework assignment.

There are no Study Questions for this lecture.


Session 24 (Tue., Apr. 7)

More Isadora Programming: Playing Sound Files

Start looking for a MOVIE for your final project. See Project 2 guidelines for information regarding the movie.

Homework #15

Complete the Isadora tutorials, Play Sound Files before the end of the next session. When doing this tutorials, do not create a new file but add this material to the existing file you created in your last homework assignment.

Complete STUDY QUESTIONS #15 before the end of the next session. Study Questions 10 - 15 must be completed by 10:00 p.m. Friday, April 24 (End of the Semester cutoff date). You will not be able to submit those Study Questions after that date. See LATE ASSIGNMENTS.

These questions are related to Isadora TERMS and PROCEDURES as well as the tutorial, Play MIDI Files


Session 25 (Thurs., Apr. 9)

Recording music from Isadaora using WIRETAP

Work on a DRAFT of your Project 2 Cue Sheet.
Work on Project2 in class.

Before you can do a CUE SHEET you will have to choose a movie. Use the sample CUE SHEET below as a guideline for how to proceed:

The preliminary (first) draft of your CUE SHEET is due by the end of the next class session. Please submit a HARD (printed) copy. You should have a MINIMYM of FIVE cues listed and it should be in a format similar to the one listed in the last class session. The easiest way to do it is in EXCEL. Hand written copies will not be acceptable. Your Cue Sheet will be graded and counted like one of the sets of Study Questions.


Session 26 (Tue., Apr. 14)

Work on Project2 in class.

A printed copy of the DRAFT of your CUE SHEET is due by the end of class today. Your Cue Sheet will be graded and counted like one of the sets of Study Questions.


Session 26 (Thurs., Apr. 16)

Work on Project2 in class.

A printed copy of the DRAFT of your CUE SHEET is due by the end of class today. Your Cue Sheet will be graded and counted like one of the sets of Study Questions.


Session 27 (Tue., Apr. 21) Please check the Wilson Lab hours. The Lab may be CLOSED during specific times Wed - Friday, so you will have to arrange your schedule accordingly for working on Projects and Exams. No time extensions will be given on due dates for Projects or Exams.

According to the Academic Calendar for Vanderbilt Univ., classes end on Tues., April., 21 for Blair School.  See: CalendarProjects, Final Exam, and Extra Credit Work will be due by 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 24. Online Study Questions will be due by 10:00 pm the same day (Friday, April 24)..Absolutely NO time extensions will be granted for any reason whatsoever.

The Final Exam will be made available ONLINE today and the completed Exam is due no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 24. At that time the ONLINE Exam will be removed and you will not be allowed to have access to it. In addition, to the written part of the Exam, there may be some Isadora programming examples. Your Final Exam file should be copied onto a CD and submitted along with your Project #2 to the instructor's mailbox at the Blair School of Music Office. Late submissions will not be accepted for any reason whatsoever. Please test your Exam CD on a Macintosh computer in the Electronic Classroom. CD's which are submitted and do not mount on a Macintosh computer will result in FAILURE for that part of the Exam.

The Lab is usually open regular hours during Exams except, of course, when there is an exam being given. Check postings for changes in walk-in hours. You should plan your working schedule in the Lab accordingly. No requests to extend the deadlines for Project 2 or the Final Exam will be granted because of you assuming the Lab will remain open.

Project #2 is due by 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 24. Please submit your Project CD (including your Isadora File, SoundTrack File, QuickTime movie file, and all related SoundFiles) along with a printed copy of your Written Summary which includes the Cue Sheet to the Instructor's mail box in the Blair School of Music Office. Any material (for example Written Summary and Cue Sheet) submitted after this time will not be accepted for any reason whatsoever and will result in failure for that part of this course. Please test your Project CD on a Macintosh computer in the Electronic Classroom. CD's which are submitted and do not mount on a Macintosh computer will be accepted and will result in failure for that part of the course.

See Project 2 for complete guidelines to submitting your Project.

You must submit your Final Exam programming file(s) along with your Project 2 . You may either put them on a separate CD or create a folder on your Project 2 CD and copy your Final Exam files there. Either way is fine. However, the Final Exam files must be submitted along with your Project 2 in THE SAME MANILLA ENVELOPE. See Project 2 for details.

More on the FINAL EXAM:

Late submissions of either the Final Exam file(s) or the Project 2 will NOT BE ACCEPTED for any reason whatsoever and will result in failure for that part of this course. The Blair School of Music Office closes at 5:00 p.m. so you will not be able to submit any work after that time.

Cheers! -- Prof. Landes


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