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Course Number:
MUC 200B
Course Title:
Composition II: Electronic Music Composition
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Course Description

Covers sonic and compositional aspects of music technology. Includes the study of electronic music in the classical and popular music realms, and composition projects with the goal of creating a portfolio of original works. This is the second course in a three-course sequence. Prerequisites: MUC 200A. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Apply intermediate compositional techniques using various music technologies, hardware, software, and studio techniques.
  • Identify electronic compositional techniques used in historically significant compositions.
  • Create and edit basic compositions using a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).
  • Display personal compositional language using electronic media.
  • Foster the creative exchange of musical ideas through intermediate-level compositional skills.

Course Activities and Design

  • Analysis of musical examples exhibiting varying electronic techniques
  • Short, weekly compositional exercises
  • Listening assignments
  • Completing a small portfolio of electronic compositions
  • In-class performances of compositional exercises with student-to-student critique
  • One-one-one instructor/student conferences
  • Class concert of final projects

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Class attendance and participation (group work, discussion)
  • Assignments and exercises (in-class and homework)
  • Projects
  • Final project portfolio
  • Project performances including class critique and discussion

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Basic studio technique, overview of equipment
  • Creating and editing in DAWs
  • MIDI messages, sequencing
  • Additive and Subtractive Synthesis, Frequency Modulation
  • Sampling
  • Speaker-mic feedback
  • Filters, EQ, delay, reverb
  • Noise
  • Automation
  • Basic Max/MSP