Music 64 • Fall 2017 Assignments and Readings
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due on the date specified • Readings are not optional!

For Dec 11:

Read online: Blast From the Past (PDF)
in course pack: Metal Machine Music

Dec 6

To find out more about audio data compression: (sorry, no graphics on the site)

Dec 4: do the last assignment if you didn't have it for Nov 29th class!

Nov 29

Lab: Scan or download a piano piece or instrument with piano or quartet, bring it into Photoscore, then Sibelius, and use Sibelius's Arrage feature to arrange it for a larger ensemble.
Read: Sibelius reference 3.16

Read: Reason Malstrom (ch 34, starts p. 711); Combinator (ch 28, p. 609), Thor (chap 33, p. 671)

Nov 27

Read: Sibelius 5 Quick-Start Guide: "Downloading MIDI files" pp 17-18, "Music Scanning Hints & Tips" pp 15-17
Read Sibelius reference: sections 1.5, 3.15, 4.13, 6.1-6.7, 3.11, 1.7

Nov 20

All of this must be done in the lab while running Sibelius!

Read in Documents folder: Sibelius 5 Quick-Start Guide pp 4-11 (up to "introduction to arrange feature")
Read under Sibelius's Help Menu: Sibelius Reference (in Sibelius, under Help>Sibelius 7 Reference), sections in this order: 1.1, 1.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4. 3.13, 3.14, 4.20, 4.22, 2.7, 4.15, 4.1, 4.2, 2.4, 2.5, 4.8, 4.2, 3.10
Do Sibelius Tutorials: Read "Start here", then do all of Project 1, and sections 2.1, 2.3, 2.4
Lab: Create a work in Sibelius, original or not, using at least four instruments.

Nov 13

Read: DP User Guide, Scale tempo (p. 586), chapter 61 (p. 715), chapter 29 (p. 277)

Lab: pick a Quicktime file or a section from The Artist, or download your own from YouTube or Vimeo. Make a soundtrack for it (2-4 minutes),

Finish project proposals, bring to class


Nov 8

Read on site: A Practical Guide for Working with Pictures part 1 and part 2
Write up and email instructor by 12 noon: Initial Project Proposals

Nov 6

Read: Reason manual chap 32, pp 645-668, chap 39, pp 856-875

Lab: Make two audio tracks in DP, one by recording and one by importing. Combine with MIDI tracks, using Kong or Subtractor (and others if you want).

Nov 1

Read: Digital Performer Getting Started chapter 7 (p. 49),
Lab: DP Getting Started do Tutorials 2 (p. 125) & 4 (p. 159)

Oct 25

Read: in course pack, (Wilkinson) Basic Effects,
Read Reason Operation Manual, chapter 51 (p. 1029)
Read in course pack: "Principles of Digital Recording"

Oct 17

And watch video.

• Moldover workshop Tuesday 3:00
• Moldover concert Tuesday 8:00

Oct 18

Lab: continue working in your sequence but include at least one original NN19 module (total of at least two)

Oct 16

Read Reason 5 Getting Started, pp. 28-42. In Applications>Reason. We will not be using everything!
Read in course pack: Sample Solutions, Samplers Go Soft, Power Tools for Sampling
Read Reason Operation Manual, in Applications>Reason>Documentation>English, Chapter 11 (working with the rack, p. 311); chapter 35 (NN-19 Sampler, p. 737-755); chap 27 (Line Mixer 6:2, p. 637); chap 21 (p. 517)

Lab: Create a sequence using at least two Reason modules and two SC or MSI tracks

Oct 11

Lab: Do a sequence with Sound Canvas and at least 2 MSI tracks
in course pack: Sample Solutions, Samplers Go Soft, Power Tools for Sampling

Oct 4

Read: DP User Guide 331-346 (up to Audio Editing Basics), 255-266, 541-556 (up to Groove Quantize), 564 (Smart Quantize)-589
Read: in course pack "Why MIDI Music Stinks

Oct 2

Read DP User Guide pp 376 (the continuous data grid)-389
Do a sequence using automation and instrument controllers.

If you want to attend Kareem Roustom's class on Monday at 3:00, please email me for the link to the film, and watch the film before you come to class.

Sept 27

Read DP User Guide, pp. 793-805

Sept 25

Read in Digital Performer User Guide, pp. 291-308, 365-376 (first column).
Lab: Create an original sequence, or work with one or more of the sequences in the documents folder. Make it sound good and/or interesting. Make it realistic, or not. Save your own version in your personal folder in the Documents folder, and on the server, and on a flash or portable drive.

Sept 20

Read: What is MIDI p.16-end
(in Applications folder) "Digital Performer Getting Started": chapter 9 (starts p.57), chapter 11 (starts p.113)
Play with Digital Performer

Sept 18

Read on line: What Is MIDI? pp 1-16 through “Running Status Messages”

Sept 13

Read: in course pack: how speakers work.
Read: in course pack Introduction to Synthesizers
Read: in course pack: MIDI Me

Sept 11

Read in course pack:
• excerpt from Wilkinson, Anatomy of a Home Studio, "Musical Physics" pages 2-5
    Note: the information about "elasticity" having an effect on sound transmission speed is misleading. Density of the medium is a far more important factor.
• “iPod trend brings spike in noise-induced hearing loss”
• article on microphones
• Study the frequency chart

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