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MUSM 434. Analog and Digital Synthesis

Credits: 3
Department: Music
Description: Create and compose with analog and digital synthesis. Sound-art projects reflecting different styles of fixed-media and real-time electroacoustic art based on synthesized sound. Introduction to history and literature of electroacoustic music featuring analog and digital synthesis.
Semester Offered: Spring
Grading Method: ABCDF

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Understand and become familiar with the principles of acoustics and psychoacoustics.
2. Understand and become familiar with history and literature of synthesized and digital electroacoustic music and be able to develop analytical approaches to synthesized and digital electoacoustic music.
3. Develop skills digitally synthesizing sound, including classic AM, ring -modulated AM, FM, additive, subtractive, granular, and physical modeling synthesis.
4. Develop skills editing and mixing sound using DAW software and will develop skills using a DAW for MIDI recording, editing, and playback.
5. Develop skills using microphones and a portable digital recording device to record sound and to develop skills using plug-in signal processing software to transform sound.
6. Develop skills using a desktop computer to produce Red-Book Audio spec CDs.
7. Develop the concept application and project management skills by creating fixed-media and real-time electroacoustic works demonstrating a variety of techniques and styles of synthesis.
8. Develop the concept application and project management skills by creating and presenting a finished acoustic or real-time work to the public.

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