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Music 64 section 1 • Spring 2018 Assignments and Readings
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due on the date specified • Readings are not optional!

April 25

Read Reason Thor (chap 33, p. 671)
Read:
Blast from the Past PDF


April 23

Lab: Scan or get PDF something into Sibelius, arrange it or change its instrumentation (last assignment)


April 18

Lab: continue Sibelius assgt
Read: Sibelius 5 Quick-Start Guide: "Downloading MIDI files" pp 17-18, "Music Scanning Hints & Tips" pp 15-17
Read Sibelius reference: 1.5, 4.13, 6.1-6.7, 3.11, 1.7
No class 4/16-building is closed!!


April 11

Read: Sibelius 5 Quick-Start Guide pp 4-11 (up to "introduction to arrange feature"
Read: 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 (Help>Sibelius 7 Tutorials): Read "Start here", then do all of Project 1, and sections 2.1, 2.3, 2.4
Lab (due Wed 4/18): Create a work in Sibelius, original or not, using at least four instruments.


April 9

Read Reason: Subtractor (chapter 32, p. 645), Malstrom (chapter 34, starts p. 711); Combinator (chapter 28, p. 609)


April 4

Lab: pick a Quicktime file from the Music 64 movies folder, or extract a section from The Artist, and make a soundtrack for it (3 minutes or less)


April 2

Read: DP 586-8 (scale tempo), chapter 61 (p. 715), chapter 29 (p. 277)


March 28

Read:on site A practical guide for working pictures Part 1 and Part 2
Read in course pack: Soundtracks and Synchronization

Write up final project proposals

Lab: do a sequence combining MIDI and audio, either recorded yourself or imported, including edits and effects.


March 26

Lab: Record some sound in the lab with a mic, then play with it in Digital Performer.
Read: DP Getting Started chapter 7 (p. 49), Tutorials 2 (p. 125) & 4 (p. 159)
Write up: First Project Proposals (1 or 2 paragraphs)


March 12

Midterm due at 4:30 (class time) by email


March 7

Read in course pack: "Principles of Digital Recording"


March 5

Read: in course pack, (Wilkinson) Basic Effects
Read Reason Operation Manual: Half-rack effects (chapter 51, starts p. 1029, skip the sections on the Spider); Kong (ch 39, starts p. 855)
Read: DP User Guide pp. 793-812

Lab: Do a sequence that uses effects in Reason.


Feb 26

Read Reason Operation Manual, in Applications>Reason 9 (or on site):
Chapter 11, p 311 (working with the rack),
chapter 35 (NN-19 Sampler, p. 737-755),
chap 27 (Line Mixer 6:2, p. 637).
Read
in course pack: Sample Solutions, Power Tools for Sampling

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


Feb 22

Read Reason 5 Getting Started, pp. 28-42, in Documents folder. We will not be using everythingin Reason!


Feb 21

No class Monday Feb 19, and the building is closed!

Read: DP User Guide pp 255-266, pp 541-556 (up to Groove Quantize), 564 (Smart Quantize)-589
Read: in course pack "Why MIDI Music Stinks"
Lab: Do a sequence with controller, automation, and tempo changes.


Feb 14

Read: Digital Performer User Guide, pp. 331-346 (up to Audio Editing Basics)


Feb 12

Read: in Digital Performer User Guide, pp. 793-805.
Lab:
Finish previous assignment.


Feb 7

Read: in Digital Performer User Guide, (on computers or here) pp. 291-308, 365-376 (first column).
Lab: Create an original sequence, or work with one or more of the sequences in the "MIDI Sequences (Sound Canvas)" folder 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.


Feb 5

Read What is MIDI? p16-end
Read Digital Performer Getting Started (in Applications folder) chapter 9 (p.57), chapter 11 (p.113)
Play with Digital Performer


Jan 31

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


Jan 29

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



Jan 24

Read in course pack:
• excerpt from Wilkinson, Anatomy of a Home Studio, "Musical Physics" pages 2-5 (online too)
    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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