Currently, the two courses offered at EARS are “Introduction to Electronic Music” and “Advanced Electronic Music”. They are designed to convey knowledge in a hands-on approach, the focus being always to produce a work with the acquired techniques. To build repertoire knowledge, every class begins with an excerpt of a different piece, followed by a brief discussion. Classes are supplemented by “Sound Labs” taught by EARS-TAs.
EARS provides four dedicated work stations with fully equipped computers, as well as an additional four work stations for students to work from their own laptops, using EARS audio equipment. Every year, EARS-students participate in particular projects, to which they can contribute for course credit. This year, we are beginning the construction of the “Eastman Mobile Acousmonium” [EMA], which will be launched in March 2017 at the Memorial Art Gallery.
Introduction to Electronic Music [CMP 225] seeks to familiarize students with the basics of electronic sound production, starting with the microphone and the loud speaker. It includes an introduction to acoustics, psychoacoustics, audio hardware, sound synthesis and analysis, algorithmic composition, strategies for instrumental and electronic sound interaction, spatial audio design, software programs, as well as interface design using Arduino. The core programs used are: Audacity, Ardour, Logic, Spear, pd, Reaktor, Max, as well as others.Syllabus
Advanced Electronic Music [CMP 421] is a seminar-style class on intermediate to advanced topics in music mixte, electronic music composition, computer assisted composition, spatial audio design (including vector based amplitude panning and ambisonics), multi-channel strategies, sensors, advanced interface design, aesthetics, and analysis. Various software environments are discussed, including Audiosculpt, Open Music, Max Third Party Software, Modalys, SuperCollider, and others.Syllabus