Introduction to Music and Computers is an introductory course in music technology and composition. Students gain theoretical, historical, and practical knowledge of electronic and computer music. An emphasis is placed on creative hands-on experience composing music via digital technologies. Practical topics include audio recording, editing, and processing, work with synthesizers, signal-routing, and multi-channel audio. Theoretical topics include acoustics and psychoacoustics, transduction and digitization, methods of sound synthesis, and digital signal processing. This is a composition class and key assignments are creative in nature.
How does sound interact with video? We will investigate this interaction by first discussing the history of electronic sound, video, and their relationship, establishing (or refreshing) basic audio and video editing skills, and then getting hands-on experience through creative projects. Projects will include composing sound design for film, creating video art (that incorporates video-recorded and/or animated materials), and designing realtime multimedia projects. The target student of this course is a musician interested in expanding their relationship to video and multimedia. No experience with audio or video technologies is required, although it is welcome.