Electronic Musical Instrument Design

Spring, 2016 • Assignments

Assignment is due on specified date

April 11

Team evaluations due Monday Apr 11 @ 9 pm by email
(This will be kept confidential) Write a summary of which team members did which tasks, and how well they fulfilled their roles. Also include whether you think there were skills underrepresented in your group, and how you would feel working with each of your team members again.

Writeups due Tues Apr 12 @ 9 pm by email
Refer to reports in course pack for what they should include:
• design goals
• parts used
• construction
• circuit modifications
• functionality of the Max patch
• the Reason rack.
• What you would have done differently, and what you would do in the future if you were to continue on the same project.

April 4

Read: in course pack, "Banging Out the Bits"

Mar 30

Meet and divide up tasks before this class.


Mar 16

Read in course pack: Wiimote article
Write: Final project proposal and shopping list

Midterm exam is due Sunday, March 13, at 6:00 pm, by email.
Bring your question sheet to class on Monday.

Mar 14

Read in course pack: The Wind Cries MIDI
Read: projectreportsS15/SonicPyramidJarowenko.pdf
Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PunXt_xztx8

Mar 9

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

Mar 7

Do: The OnShape Tutorials at http://onshape.com

Read: in course pack: "The griDJ MIDI grid system"
Read: in course pack: “The Laser Harp”
Read: http://www.tufts.edu/programs/mma/emid/projectreportsS07/drumpantsfein.doc
Seaboard RISE review from Electronic Musician
View these videos: http://www.tufts.edu/programs/mma/emid/projectreportsS04/washboardfinalqt.mov

Feb 29

Read http://www.absolutedeviation.com/marimbalumina.htmlhttp://www.absolutedeviation.com/about.html
Watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2WUlYkijlg
Do: Download Gesture/sensor list. Think of sensors for each movement. Fill in the list and e-mail it to the instructor before 9 pm, Sunday.
Lab (for March 2): Do Max Tutorials: Data: List Processing (long!); Basics: Encapsulation, Remote Messaging, Timing, Controlling Data Flow.
Lab (for March 2): do a more complex Max patch using a keyboard or MPD and Reason.

Feb 22

Lab: Create an original Max patch using the MPD or keyboard, linked to Reason. Remap notes and controllers as you like in Max. Do not change controller assignments on the keyboard or MPD.

View: Roberto Aimi’s PowerPoint presentation
Reason Operation manual, chapter 32, starts on page 665
: article on variable resistors
Read: Electronics Club article on switches: http://electronicsclub.info/switches.htm
Read: Article on Sharp IR sensors: https://acroname.com/blog/sharp-infrared-ranger-comparison
Read: Analog Devices paper on capacitive sensing
Read: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/8678 and "Basic Information" (these devices are available from other sources)
https://www.sparkfun.com/products/8679 and "Basic Information"
Read: sensorsandcircuits.pdf, through page 10; EEs read to page 24
Read: Reason Operation Manual, chapter 32 (NN-19 Sampler, starts p. 665)

Feb 17

Lab: Do Max Tutorials under Help menu
Basic 1-8
MIDI 1-3
Do not Save over Tutorial patches!! (use Save As... if you want to save them)

Read: Samchillian paper in course pack

Feb 10

Read: Reason 8.1 Operation manual, chapter 32/p.665
do something with MPD and editor and one or more Reason modules
in course pack, “Sample Solutions”
watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLh6G1aLuzo
Computer scientists
watch (as much as you want) http://youtu.be/iENVztlxWuk

Feb 8

Lab: Make a Subtractor patch, starting from the default patch or another one, that uses the keyboard and its controls in an interesting way.
Read on computers or online:
Reason 5 Getting Started, chapter 3/p.28 (ignore the parts about the sequencer), and Reason 8.1 Operation manual. chapter 29/p.573.
Lehrman, Report on NIME for SoundOnSound (long version) online
in course pack, Lehrman: Performing Musician, NIME 2009
in course pack, Profile: Michel Waisvisz (this was assigned last week!), listen to two recordings here and here
on line, Tanaka2011.pd

Feb 3

Read: What Is MIDI? part 3
Read in course pack: Synth School
Read on line:

Feb 1

Create a table of physical gestures. 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:
physical gesture
musical gesture in common use (can be more than one)
musical gesture you can imagine (can be more than one)

Blank table (Word document) is on Website. Fill it out and email to instructor before Sunday 9 pm.
Read: Profile: Michel Waisvisz
http://www.dafact.com/fonctionnalites.php?id_product=1 + videos
Read: What Is MIDI Parts 1 & 2

Jan 27

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 [pdf])
• “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