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Technology in Music and Related Arts (TIMARA)

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(Also see Contemporary Music)
100. Introduction to Music Technology I 3 hours
Survey of relationships between music and current and emerging technologies. Selected review of historically significant works and composers, and of contemporary uses of the medium. Discussion of the impact of new media on the aesthetics, thought processes, and working methods of the composer. Introduction to MIDI, sound synthesis, and digital audio. Practical work in the music technology lab. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 18. Preference given to students for whom this course is required.
Sem 1 TECH-100-01 TuTh 11:00-12:15 Mr. Lopez
150. Studio Skills for Composers 3 hours
Introduction to concepts of recording, mixing, editing, and composition within the realm of the large studio. Students will work on creative projects including the recording of live performers and intermediate MIDI techniques. Opportunities for individual hands-on recording will be limited, but students will be involved in a number of in-class recording sessions in which their music (or the music of their peers) is recorded. Course will cover editing and revision for digital audio, and compositional, technical and aesthetic issues associated with recorded music, and the effective combination of digital audio and MIDI sources. Prerequisites: TECH 100. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 18. Preference given to students for whom this course is required.
Sem 2 TECH-150-01 TuTh 11:00-12:15 Ms. Rubin
200. Studio Techniques 3 hours
An introduction to the studio environment. Practical work includes analog sound models, MIDI, digital audio, DAT and ADAT, synthesis techniques, sequencing and sound editing on the computer. Introduction to working with additional media in the studio and on the Internet. Survey of historical and contemporary practice in the field, exploration of analytical and critical techniques. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 12. Preference given to students for whom this course is required.
Sem 1 TECH-200-01 TuTh 1:30-2:45 Ms. Rubin
201. Computer Music 3 hours
Creation and transcription of music for performance under computer control. Introduction to
MAX, an object-oriented, interactive musical programming language. Concept and design of computer instruments. Introduction to theories of digital sound generation, sampling, and editing. Investigation of timbre synthesis by means of frequency modulation. Practical work with computers. Projects emphasizing individual creative goals. Prerequisites: TECH 200. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 12.
Sem 2 TECH-201-01 TuTh 1:30-2:45 Mr. Nelson
210. Advanced Computer Music 3 hours
Investigation of theoretical aspects of digital synthesis (sampling theory, signal processing, and program design). Concepts in elementary mathematics will be introduced. Discussion and application of algorithms for computer-assisted composition. Investigation of real-time techniques using the Macintosh computer, MIDI, and digital sound synthesizers. Individual creative projects stressing the unique capabilities of digital music systems. Prerequisites: TECH 200, 201. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 12.
Sem 1 TECH-210-01 TuTh 3:00-4:15 Mr. Nelson
211. Performance Technology 3 hours
Concentration on realtime technologies and performance issues. Emphasis on creative work outside the studio with a requirement for at least two public performances. Topics include performance issues in the field, performance technologies not already covered in previous courses, realtime sonic and visual systems, realtime motion sensing, performative gesture, and ensemble and collaboration issues. Students will engage frequently in self-critique and class critique. Prerequisites: TECH 210. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment
Limit:
12.
Sem 2 TECH-211-01 Tu 1:30-4:15 Mr. Lopez
250, 251. Analog and Digital Circuit Design 3 hours
A year-long course offered in alternate years. The first semester concentrates on the theory and design of the basic components found in analog electronic music synthesizing systems. The second semester expands into systems design employing digital circuitry and components used in hybrid systems. Practical work in the TIMARA electronic laboratory. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 12.
Sem 1 TECH-250-01 MWF 1:30-2:20 Mr. Talbert
Sem 2 TECH-251-01 MWF 1:30-2:20 Mr. Talbert
310. Independent Creative Project 3 hours
An opportunity for students who have completed introductory and intermediate work in the TIMARA studios and who wish to undertake an individual project on an advanced level. Primarily intended to support the development of the Junior Project or Junior Recital. Work created for this course will receive group critique in the Junior/Senior Seminar. Prerequisites: Junior standing in the TIMARA major. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 10.
Sem 2 TECH-310-01 To be arranged Mr. Lopez
TECH-310-02 To be arranged Mr. Nelson
320. Junior Creative Seminar 3 hours
An opportunity for upper division TIMARA majors to discuss germane issues on a regular basis. Includes shared critique of works-in-progress, particularly for Junior and Senior recitals/projects; contextual issues in other art practices; aesthetic and compositional issues. On regular occasions the seminar will invite students and faculty from other creative disciplines to share and critique current work. Prerequisites: Junior standing in the TIMARA major. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 15.
Sem 1 TECH-320-01 TuTh 1:30-2:45 Mr. Lopez
330. Studio Recording 3 hours
Theory and application of studio equipment to the recording of acoustic and electronic musical
instruments. Use of recording equipment including multitrack tape recorders, analog and digital tape recorders, mixing consoles, signal processing devices, and microphones. Projects will include multitrack recordings, direct to stereo recordings, and advanced tape editing. Prerequisites: Junior standing in the TIMARA major. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 10.
Sem 1 TECH-330-01 TuTh 11:00-12:30 Mr. Schulze
340. Public Creative Project 3 hours
Centers on creating and presenting work using technology in a public setting off campus. Groups of students will negotiate a creative project with a school, an arts organization, a public site, or any other non-academic environment they select. The public project might conceivably use distance technologies and be based at a remote site. Addresses issues central to production and public performance. Prerequisites: TECH 210, 211, or permission of the instructor. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 10.
Sem 1 TECH-340-01 TuTh 11:00-12:15 Mr. Lopez
350. Workshop in Music and Media Technologies 3 hours
Advanced workshops in the use of technological media in composition, performance, interactive media, and in interdisciplinary contexts. Emphasis on creation of original works and solution of performance problems of analog, digital, and hybrid music systems, and the use of technological media in a variety of contexts. Prerequisites: TECH 211. Notes: May be repeated for credit. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 15.
Sem 1 TECH-350-01 TuTh 1:30-2:45 Mr. Nelson
TECH-350-02 Tu 7:00-10:00 pm Mr. Lopez (plus additional laboratory hour to be arranged)
Sem 2 TECH-350-01 TuTh 3:00-4:15 Mr. Nelson
TECH-350-02 Tu 7:00-10:00 pm Mr. Lopez (plus additional laboratory hour to be arranged)
410. Independent Creative Project 3 hours
An opportunity for students who have completed introductory and intermediate work in the TIMARA studios and who wish to undertake an individual project on an advanced level. Primarily intended to support the development of the Senior Project or Senior Recital. Work created for this course will receive group critique in the Junior/Senior Seminar. Prerequisites: Senior standing in the TIMARA major. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 10.
Sem 1 TECH-410-01 To be arranged Mr. Nelson
TECH-410-02 To be arranged Mr. Lopez
Sem 2 TECH-410-01 To be arranged Mr. Nelson
TECH-410-02 To be arranged Mr. Lopez
420. Senior Creative Seminar 3 hours
An opportunity for upper division TIMARA majors to discuss germane issues on a regular basis. Includes shared critique of works-in-progress, particularly for Junior and Senior recitals/projects; contextual issues in other art practices; aesthetic and compositional issues. On regular occasions the seminar will invite students and faculty from other creative disciplines to share and critique current work. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing in the TIMARA major. Consent: Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 15.
Sem 1 TECH-420-01 TuTh 1:30-2:45 Mr. Lopez

 

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