ARTS 2020: Computer Music

Arts Department, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Monday/Thursday, 2:00-3:50pm, West Hall 118

Instructor: Rob Hamilton, West Hall 307

e: hamilr4 [at] rpi [dot] edu

w: http://homepages.rpi.edu/~hamilr4/arts2020

COURSE ASSIGNMENTS

Assignment #1: Found-Sound Sketch / Radio Play

Assigned 9/14, Due 9/25

Compose a sonic sketch within Pro Tools using as source material the audio samples you recorded during class. This sketch should display your ability to edit and manipulate sound files, as well as organize multiple sonic sources into a cohesive composition.

This sonic sketch should be approximately 4-6 minutes in length.

Along with the sonic sketch, please submit a visual "reference score" for your work: a .pdf document displaying visually the organizational structures with which you created your sketch. This visual score should be analagous to a written musical score, acting as a deptiction of your work's structure and intention as the work unfolds in time.

Your submission for the assignment will consist of the following files to be uploaded to your folder on the class share drive (\\hass11.win.rpi.edu\classes\ARTS-2020\), into a folder named "Assignment 1":

  1. A Stereo Mix of your sketch (44.1 or 48kHz, 16 or 24 bit) uploaded to the class share.
  2. Your full Pro Tools project on the class share.
  3. A program-note for your sketch, including a title and description of your work (suitable for a concert's program).
  4. A list of the samples used in your work, including their source, file-name and proper attribution for the creator(s) of the sample.

Please consider making use of the techniques we learned in class such as fading your files in and out, panning and volume automations. Feel free to experiment with effects on your channel inserts, compression, limiting, denoising and normalization.

Things to keep in mind: This sketch can take multiple forms depending on your interest. Possibilities include an exploration of ALL the sounds you previously recorded or an in-depth study of one particular sound file or source. Your work can be atmospheric, like a soundscape, with the intention of depicting a specific place and time. Your work can be more "musical" in nature, using your recorded sound sources as instruments within a composed structure. Or a narrative element recorded in the studio can be incorporated, using a voice to shape your project into something resembling a "Radio Play".

Assignment #2: Max/MSP Composition/Instrument/Performance Environment

Assigned 10/10, Due 10/26

In Max/MSP, build an interactive composition or instrument that you will play or perform in class.

To complete this assignment please do the following:

  1. Create an interactive composition in Max/MSP using synthesis techniques, interactive controls and any other aspects of the language that speak to you. This composiiton should be at least 3 minutes in length. You can perform the work live in class or record a performance as your submission. NOTE: if you record a submission, be prepared to demo your code live in class.
  2. Using the tutorial patches we looked at in class or your own creations, put together your own interactive system that lets you create music and/or sound in real-time
  3. Your patch should let you do things like trigger notes on and off, control the volume of your instruments, and let you change additional parameters during a performance with your class-mates.

Your submission for the assignment will consist of the following files to be uploaded to your folder on the class share drive (\\hass11.win.rpi.edu\classes\ARTS-2020\), into a folder named "Assignment 2":

  1. Your Max/MSP patches plus any samples or required files to perform your composition.
  2. (if you're submitting a recording): A Stereo Mix of your sketch (44.1 or 48 kHz, 16 or 24 bit) uploaded to the class share.
  3. A brief program-note for your sketch, including a title and description of your work (suitable for a concert's program).

Assignment #3: Chuck composition

Due 11/20

In Chuck, build a musical work or live performance.

  1. Create a Chuck composition making use of the tools we have explored over the last few classes. Your composition can be recorded (i.e. "chuck'd" to a file) or performed live in class. Please aim for a duration of about 2 or 3 minutes.

Your submission for the assignment will consist of the following files to be uploaded to your folder on the class share drive (\\hass11.win.rpi.edu\classes\ARTS-2020\), into a folder named "Assignment 3":

  1. Your ChucK code plus any samples or required files to perform your composition.
  2. A brief program-note describing your composition.