Music 64 section 2 • Spring 2018 Assignments and Readings
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due on the date specified • Readings are not optional!

April 24

Read Reason Thor (chap 33, p. 671)
Read:
Blast from the Past PDF
Lab:
Scan or get PDF something into Sibelius, arrange it or change its instrumentation (last assignment)


April 17

Lab: continue Sibelius assgt
ReadSibelius 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


April 12

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 Tue 4/17): Create a work in Sibelius, original or not, using at least four instruments.


April 10

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


April 5

Lab: pick a Quicktime file or a section from The Artist, make a soundtrack for it (3 minutes or less)


April 3

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


March 29

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 (if requested)

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


March 27

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 8

Read in course pack: "Principles of Digital Recording"
Read Reason Operation Manual: Kong (chapter 39, p. 855)


March 6

Read: in course pack, (Wilkinson) Basic Effects
Read
Reason Operation Manual: Half-rack effects (chapter 51, p. 1029) You can skip the sections on the Spider
Read:
DP User guide 793-812

Lab:
Make a sequence that uses effects in Reason.


Feb 27

Finish the readings from this week!

Lab: continue with the previous assignment, but it must include at least two Reason modules.


Feb 20

Read on the computers, in Documents folder (preferably) or here, Reason 5 Getting Started, pp. 28-42.
Read on the computers, in Applications>Reason9 (preferably) or here, Reason 95 Operation Manual, 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: Do a sequence using controllers, automation (volume/pan), tempo change (using Conductor track), one or more MSI tracks, one Reason track.


Feb 15

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


Feb 13

If you haven't been doing the readings, this is a good time to catch up! Try to do them in the lab while working with DP.

Additional readings for this week in the User Guide: pp. 391-402, 331-339 (up to "audio track settings"), 344 (from "MIDI track settings")-246 (up to "audio editing basics").


Feb 8

Read in Digital Performer User Guide, pp. 291-308, 365-389, 793-805.


Feb 6

Lab: Create an original sequence, or work with one or more of the sequences in the "MIDI Sequences (SoundCanvas)" 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.


Feb 1

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


Jan 30

Download and Read: What Is MIDI? Read pp 1-16 through “Running Status Messages," or keep going if you like.


Jan 25

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


Jan 23

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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