Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
MUC 124
Course Title:
Electronic Media II
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Course Description

Covers computer based recording, synthesis and notation for the composer/arranger. Includes fundamentals in Midi, sequencing, sampling, basic signal processing, and practical production skills using current digital technology. Write original material during labs sessions. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Electronic Media 2 addresses issues pertaining to the production of electronic music and it's relationship to other mediums. Signal processing, digital editing, automation and cross platform recording will be examined. Group production teams are given tasks to solve at computer workstations. Distinct roles of producer, composer/artist, arranger, and engineer become defined as a result of small group designations.

Intended Outcomes for the course

The material in this course will be distributed in lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and small group activities, augmented occasionally with a guest lecture or video presentation. Students are encouraged to share excerpts of original music created during lab, and prosper from the interaction and supportive critique that transpires after exposure to the classroom environment. Recurring lab time is scheduled to allow students a chance to improve skills and complete audio assignments. Individual styles emerge as collaborative teams engage in 'problem solving' tasks centered around the lab workstation.

Course Activities and Design

  • Discussion of related products on the market.
  • Playback and critique of audio assignments.
  • Presentations of lab applications and compositional instructions.
  • Lectures on MIDI concepts and music production .

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Criteria for grading, lab rules & specific details will be established at the beginning of the course. Grades and competency will be determined according to student ability to display knowledge of specific computer software, complete work by assigned deadlines, creativity, participation in critiques, and an evaluation of each project according to specific objectives. Laboratory assignments must be presented in an audio format. Examinations will be administered as needed.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Exhibit proficiency on a digital sequencer. Be able to track, overdub, solo, loop, punch, step record, quantize, transpose, program change, and stack voices. Demonstrate ability to use automated functions.
  • Apply compositional tools offered in presentations.
  • Acquire a basic knowledge of notational programs.
  • Compose and arrange a sophisticated music production using a digital workstation.
  • Demonstrate mixing capabilities when recording assignments to an audio format.
  • Apply MIDI concepts to map out signal routing schemes. Connect all MIDI and audio cables in the correct order to make a laboratory workstation function properly. Identify various combinations of signal routing schemes.
  • Comprehend parameters of hardware available to laboratory workstations. Identify each controller associated with an analog mixer. Utilize effects processors to enhance productions.
  • Describe the distinctions between the roles of music producer, arranger, engineer
  • artist and composer.
  • Record snippets of sound bytes. Loop, transpose and retrograde audio samples into musical components of sequenced compositions.
  • Develop ability to critical listen to music productions from a technical and artistic perspective.
  • Decipher the meanings of terms and jargon commonly used in periodicals and operation manuals.