- Code COMP8350
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Computing
- ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
- Course subject Computer Science
- Areas of interest Music, Computer Science, Advanced Computing, Human Centred Computing, Creative Arts
- Academic career PGRD
- Charles Martin
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
First Semester 2023
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In 2023, this course is on campus with remote adjustments only for participants with unavoidable travel restrictions/visa delays.
Do you want to create sound and music with your computer? Do you want to build new kinds of musical instruments? Do you want to be a part of a laptop band? This is the course for you!
This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of music computing, including digital synthesis, algorithmic composition, and musical interface design. Students will develop their knowledge by creating computer musical instruments in music programming languages and developing new computer music works to present in concert with an ensemble of other students.
Modern music technology exists at the forefront of computing practice and involves new live programming paradigms, human interface design, digital signal processing, networking, and machine learning. Students will gain experience in these concepts and learn how to conceptualise and realise new computer music instruments, compositions, and performances. Students will engage with recent developments in sound and music computing, including within the research literature to develop a high level of knowledge at the cutting edge of computing for the creative arts.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Describe and apply fundamental concepts and recent developments in sound and music computing.
- Apply collaboration skills with computer musicians through design feedback and critical self-reflection.
- Critically examine computer music systems, interfaces and performances in terms of recent developments in the field.
- Create a computer musical instrument, composition or interactive media work that reflects recent developments in the field.
- Computer music diary portfolio 1 (15) [LO 1,2,3]
- Computer music diary portfolio 2 (15) [LO 1,2,3]
- Computer music artefact design proposal (20) [LO 1,3]
- Final computer music performance artefact and concert (50) [LO 2,3,4]
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12 two-hour lectures, 12 three-hour laboratory/workshop sessions. We will expect around 5 hours of self-study per week. The total workload will be about 130 hours over the whole course.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed texts not required.
- Dean, R. T. (2011). The Oxford Handbook of Computer Music. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
- Roads, C. (1996). The computer music tutorial. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press
- Kreidler, J. (2013). Loadbang: Programming Electronic Music in Pd. Hofheim am Taunus; Wolke Verlag.
- Collins, N., & d’Escrivan, J. (2017). The Cambridge companion to electronic music. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
This course is open to students in computer science, music, art, and elsewhere at ANU. You should have a strong interest in making music using computers and a willingness to learn new approaches to music and computer programming. You should have a strong background in your discipline having completed coursework at the first- and second-year level.
It is recommended that students take COMP6720 before this course.
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|4470||20 Feb 2023||27 Feb 2023||31 Mar 2023||26 May 2023||In Person||View|