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21M.361 Composing with Computers, Spring 2003

Collage of musical instruments and computers.
Computers and instruments. (Image courtesy of Vinimay Kaul.)

Highlights of this Course

This course includes lab activities.

Course Description

In this course we will use computers and computer-aided technology as compositional tools, that is, as a means to music-making and an avenue to approach musical and acoustic concepts. Each unit of study will consist of a series of short composition projects using specific types of hardware and software in clearly delineated ways. This will involve (in broad order) live recording and digital editing, digital processing, analog sound synthesis (real and virtual), MIDI sequencing, and building interactive environments. The course will culminate in a large, final composition and a public concert during the last week.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .mp3.



Prof. Evan Ziporyn

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
2 hours / session

One session / week
1 hour / session



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