Advanced Music Programming, Synthesis and Live Electronics 1

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101PMHP1 Z 3 2PT+1CT English, Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Significantly developed ability to use the sound/music studio as a musical instrument from a composer's point of view. Production of music using the acquired knowledge in the field of music and technology.

Mode of study

lecture, exercise

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Sound post-production will be done in ProTools

at least basic knowledge of Pro Tools DAW required

At least basic insight into sound composition practices, acousmatic music, etc.

Course contents

Learning objectives:

This is a two-semester course that can be taken in the first or second year of study.

The student will be introduced to advanced methods of sound composition, synthesis, sound post-production, mixing, music programming in the MAX environment, and mastering, all primarily from the perspective of practical skills that a music composer should be capable of today. This hands-on class takes into account the production of students' own creative projects and may have overlaps in the field of scenographic and film music and various intermedia forms of contemporary art.

Thematic areas:

Practically oriented teaching of compositional skills in the environment of contemporary music technologies, focused primarily on digital sound transformation, control of virtual musical instruments, basic concepts of musician-technology interaction and sound mixing in DAW environment (including strategies of sound diffusion).

Recommended or required reading

Software: AVID Pro Tools, Ableton LIVE, Reaper, Cycling 74 – MAX

LAB Hardware Available

Recommended bibliography:

ROADS, Curtis. Composing electronic music: a new aesthetic. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. xxvii. 480 p. ISBN 978-0-19-537324-0.

HOLMES, Thom. Electronic and Experimental Music: Technology, Music, and Culture. London: Routledge, 4th ed., 2012. 568 p. ISBN 978-0415896368.

PUCKETTE, Miller. The theory and technique of electronic music. New Jersey: World Scientific Publishing Company, 2007. 348 p. ISBN 978-9812700773.

Assessment methods and criteria

Credit examination is awarded according to regular attendance and well-crafted compositional output.

Minimum attendance required: 90 %


The main theme of WS 2021 is to create a sound installation with sounds of the rainforest for the Prague Zoo. It is a mutual cooperation between AMU and Prague Zoo on the realization of a new gorilla pavilion.

The joint work in the WS will consist of theoretical insight into the ambisonic sound system, practical sound post-production in the ambisonic system and a composition of rainforest sounds, which will be presented to representatives of the Prague Zoo in December.

This is a major project requiring discipline, mutual trust and responsible commitment.

Participants will be given a free ticket to the Prague Zoo.

Further information

Course may be repeated

Schedule for winter semester 2021/2022:

room 019

(Liechtenstein Palace)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Mon 13:45–15:15 Michal RATAJ LAB
Liechtenstein Palace

Schedule for summer semester 2021/2022:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans