VANCOUVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE

MUSIC DEPARTMENT

COURSE DESCRIPTION

TERM- FALL 2012                       

COURSE NAME – Electronic Music 1

INSTRUCTOR           Office              Phone                          e-mail

Peter Hannan                     3281            254-9653            peterhannan@shaw.ca

 COURSE FORMAT: 2 Credits: Three hours

Classes: Monday 5-6:30 PM, Tuesday 5-6:30 PM

COURSE PREREQUISITES: no prerequisite

PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT AND RECOGNITION:  determined by instructor

COURSE DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVES:

Introduction to the creation and production of electronic music using current digital technology, using the computer and synthesisers. Students will learn basics of  audio recording, sound design, sampling, sound synthesis and  sequencing both audio and MIDI, in a context of creating and doing production on their own musical compositions.

In the first year of this course (seeing Electronic Music 2 as a continuation) there is a particular focus on sound synthesis, introducing synthesis techniques such as sampling, and advanced sample processing, FM, additive, subtractive, and physical modeling synthesis, primarily using computer synthesis software. A certain amount of the necessary background in psychoacoustics, and basic principles of acoustics as applied to sound synthesis will be covered in the first term.

Students will also be introduced to the history, aesthetic issues, and current and future directions of electronic music in all current styles via listening and discussion classes that will happen on a regular basis.

Students will compose, realise, and produce a work in the digital medium each term.

By the end of the 2 terms of this course as designed, students should have the capability to compose, design, record, and produce a piece of their own using entirely their own sounds.

 Topics:

-introduction to acoustics and psychoacoustics

-basic audio recording into the computer both mic and line

-sample management and processing

-introduction to sound synthesis using software synths/samplers

-introduction to the repertoire of electronic music

-introduction to electronic music composition

-introduction to the computer as compostional environment

-introduction to sequencing

-basics of sound mixing and mastering

-introduction to video with music

 Materials

– all software used for class teaching is available in the VCC Computer Music Lab. Students may of course also use equivalent software at home to do the required work.

EVALUATION PROFILE:

-final composition each term- 70%

-in class work during term – 30%

( attendance in class is absolutely necessary. Unexplained absences will affect the final grade.)

INCOMPLETE GRADES “I”/ AUDIT STATUS

– Conditions for Granting an Incomplete

Grades of Incomplete “I” will be given only if a doctor’s certificate of illness is provided.  In addition, the student concern must submit a written request for approval by the instructors prior  to the last regular class in the course;

 

 

 

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