Advanced Music Programming, Synthesis and Live Electronics 2

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
101PMHP2 exam 3 2 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 54 to 69 hours of self-study English, Czech summer

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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, exercises

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Basic knowledge of MAX environment

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 awarded according to regular attendance and a well-crafted compositional output.

Minimum attendance required: 90 %

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Further information

Course may be repeated

This course is an elective for all AMU students

Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans