Electronic Musical Instrument Design

Spring, 2018 • Assignments

Assignments are due on specified date

April 9 • Evaluations of your team are due at 9:00 pm

April 10 • Individual first project writeups are due at 9:00 pm

April 4

Read http://www.rogerlinndesign.com/linnstrument.html
Read in Reason Operation Manual Thor, chapter 33 (p. 671)

March 12

Midterm is due Sunday, March 11, 6:00 pm
First project proposals are due in class Monday, March 12

Read: http://www.tufts.edu/programs/mma/emid/projectreportsS15/SonicPyramidJarowenko.pdf
Sonic Pyramid video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PunXt_xztx8
in course pack, Electronic Musician "Banging Out the Bits"

March 7

Read: Reason Operation Manual, chapter 51 (p. 1029-1052)

March 5

Read: in course pack: "The griDJ MIDI grid system" and Watch video
online: drumpantsfein.pdf
these videos:

Feb 28

Read Seaboard RISEfinal.pdf

If you are new to Reason (or even if you aren't):
Read Reason Operation Manual, in Applications>Reason 9
Chapter 11, p 311 (working with the rack),
chapter 35 (NN-19 Sampler, p. 737-755),
chap 27 (Line Mixer 6:2, p. 637).

Watch The M*A*R*T*H*A video and Read the report

Feb 26

Lab: Do Max Tutorial: Data: List Processing (long!); Basics: Encapsulation, Remote Messaging, Timing, Controlling Data Flow.

Lab: continue to work on your Max patch, make it better and bulletproof.

Feb 21

Finish Max Tutorials assigned last class

Lab (for next Wednesday): Create an original Max patch using the MPD or keyboard, linked to Reason. Remap notes and controllers as you like in Max.

Written assignment: Download Gesture/sensor list: think of sensors for each movement and what they can do musically. Fill in the list and e-mail it to the instructor before 6 pm, Tuesday.

Read: Roberto Aimi’s PowerPoint presentation
Read: article on variable resistors, on site
Read: Electronics Club article on switches: http://electronicsclub.info/switches.htm
Read: Article on Sharp IR sensors: http://www.acroname.com/robotics/info/articles/sharp/sharp.html
Read: Analog Devices paper on capacitive sensing
Read: sensorsandcircuits.pdf, through page 10, EEs read to page 24
https://www.sparkfun.com/products/8607 (no longer available there, but available elsewhere)
https://www.sparkfun.com/products/8678 (no longer available there, but available elsewhere)

Feb 14

Lab: Do Max Tutorials as follows:
In Max, Help>reference>Home icon>Max Tutorials (towards bottom of screen)
Basics: Tutorials 1-8 (through Keyboard and Mouse Input)
MIDI: Tutorials 1-3
Do not Save over Tutorial patches!! (use Save As... if you want to save them)
Reason Operation manual, chapter 35/pp.737-757

Feb 12

Read "Synth School" and "Sample Solutions" in course pack

http://www.dafact.com/technologie.php?id_product=1 and watch the videos

Lab: Program the MPD26 using the editor software to play two or more Reason modules.

Feb 7

Read: paper on Samchillian in course pack
Read: http://www.midiwing.com/

Feb 5

Read on the computers (better!) or online: Reason 5 Getting Started , chapter 3/ starts p.28 (ignore the parts about the sequencer), and Reason 9.5 Operation Manual chapter 32/starts p.645.

Lab: Make a Subtractor patch, starting from the default patch, that sounds interesting and uses the keyboard controls in an interesting way. Save it in the EMID Resources folder.

Jan 31

Read: http://morrisondigitaltrumpet.com/
Read: http://artiphon.com/
Read Lehrman: Report on NIME for SoundOnSound
Read in course pack: Lehrman, Performing Musician NIME 2009
Read: What is MIDI p. 12 (The Command set)—end

Jan 29

Create a table of physical gestures from this template. Include at least three gestures for each of these parts of the body: Head Mouth Neck & Shoulders Arms Hands & Fingers Torso & Hips Legs Feet
Columns on the table are:
• the physical gesture itself
• a musical gesture now in use (can be more than one)
• a musical gesture you can imagine (can be more than one)
Email your answers by Sunday 6 pm!

Read in course pack: Profile—Michel Waisvisz
Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1L-mVGqug4 (through 6:30)

Read: http://people.ece.cornell.edu/land/courses/eceprojectsland/STUDENTPROJ/2002to2003/lil2/index.html
Download and Read: What Is MIDI, read pp 1-12 (through The Command Set, or keep going if you want!)
Read: http://weburbanist.com/2009/11/17/the-future-sounds-like-this-10-magnificently-modern-musical-instruments/
Read: http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/oct06/articles/sonalog.htm

Jan 24

Read in course pack:
• Wilkinson chapters 1 ("Musical Physics" pp 2-5) and 2 "Synthesis" (pp 9-15, up to "Physical Modeling"). Even if you have read this for another class, it's good to review it anyway!
• "Bikes Harps & Yo-Yos " (also on line here)
• “Laserharp" (also online here)

Read online:
• http://mentalfloss.com/article/59118/10-obscure-electronic-musical-instruments