Electronic Musical Instrument Design

Spring, 2017 • Assignments

Assignment is due on specified date

Mar 29

Read Seaboard RISE review.pdf

Mar 27

Over break please Read:

Mar 15

Read: projectreportsS15/SonicPyramidJarowenko.pdf
Read: Wiimote article in course pack

Mar 13

Read: Reason Operation Manual, chapter 47 (pp. 951-974), chapter 40 (p. 853)

Mar 6

Read: in course pack: "The griDJ MIDI grid system"
Read: in course pack: “The Laser Harp”
Read online:
Blast from the Past (PDF)


View these videos
: http://www.tufts.edu/programs/mma/emid/projectreportsS04/washboardfinalqt.mov

Mar 1

Lab: Do Max Tutorials:
    Data: List Processing (long!);
    Basics: Encapsulation, Remote Messaging, Timing, Controlling Data Flow.
Lab: do a more complex Max patch

Feb 27

Read http://www.absolutedeviation.com/marimbalumina.html
Read: in course pack, EM "Banging Out the Bits"
Do: Go through Gesture/sensor/parameter table: think of sensors for each movement. Fill in the list and e-mail it to the instructor before 6 pm, Sunday.

Feb 22 (no class Feb 20)

Note: Keyboards and MPDs will now be in fixed configurations so everyone has the same inputs. Up to you to modify things in Max. (Use MIDI Monitor or MIDI Scope patch to see what they are.)

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

Read: Max tips from Phil Acimovic
Read: Reason manual, chapter 32, page 665
Read: Roberto Aimi’s PowerPoint presentation, sensors4music2008.ppt.htm
Read: article on variable resistors
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: 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)
Read: sensorsandcircuits.pdf, through page 10, EEs read to page 24

Feb 15

Lab: Help>reference> Home icon>Max Tutorials (lower left or middle of screen)
Do Max Basic Tutorials 1-8
and Max MIDI Tutorials 1-3
Do not Save over Tutorial patches!! (use Save As... if you want to save them)

Feb 13

Read Reason 8.1 Operation manual chapter 32/p.665
Lab: do something with MPD and editor and one or more Reason modules.
Read: in course pack, “Sample Solutions”
Read: Tanaka 2011 pdf

Feb 8

Read on the lab computers: Reason 5 Getting Started, chapter 3, starts p.28 (ignore the parts about the sequencer)
Read on the computers: Reason 8.1 Operation manual chapter 29, starts on p.573.
Lab: Make a Subtractor patch, starting from scratch or from another patch, that uses the keyboard controls in an interesting way.

Feb 6

Read: What Is MIDI part 3
Read in course pack: Synth School
Visit: http://morrisondigitaltrumpet.com/
Visit: http://artiphon.com/
Read on line: Report on NIME for SoundOnSound
Read in course pack: Performing Musician NIME 2009

Feb 1

Read http://www.alphasphere.com/nexus-series/
Read http://www.dafact.com/fonctionnalites.php?id_product=1 + videos
    and look at videos on the page
Read http://www.midiwing.com/
Read "What is MIDI" Part 2

Jan 30

Fill in the table of physical gestures. Include at least three physical gestures for each section of the body. You can have multiple musical gestures for a physical gesture.
Print out your table and bring it to class.
Read in course pack: Profile Michel Waisvisz
Read in course pack: Samchillian paper
Read and watch the videos at http://www.dafact.com/fonctionnalites.php?id_product=1
Read and watch the video at http://people.ece.cornell.edu/land/courses/eceprojectsland/STUDENTPROJ/2002to2003/lil2/index.html
Find your "What Is MIDI" book (if you took Music 64) and Read Part 1

Jan 25

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)
• “The Fanciest Washboard…” (also online here)

Read online:
• http://mentalfloss.com/article/59118/10-obscure-electronic-musical-instruments
• http://weburbanist.com/2009/11/17/the-future-sounds-like-this-10-magnificently-modern-musical-instruments/
• http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/oct06/articles/sonalog.htm