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)
Blast from the Past PDF
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
Reason Operation Manual: Half-rack effects (chapter 51, p. 1029) You can skip the sections on the Spider
DP User guide 793-812

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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