CITA/CSCI 180 – Computers, Music and Art – Spring 2019

When/Where

MWF 9:30 am – 10:20 am / Harbor Walk East 302

Description

A course introducing the creative side of computing in the context of music, sounds, images, and other digital artifacts. Emphasis will be given to computer programming for music making, live performance, and interaction. Students will develop several digital artifacts and elementary musical compositions. Course is open to all majors. No previous programming experience required.

Prerequisites by Topic

  1. Basic computer experience, including file organization and software installation.
  2. Interest in developing intelligent-listening and sound-structuring skills.

Additional Course Requirements

  1. Bring your laptop to class.
  2. Bring headphones to class.

Course syllabus

Test Dates

  • Test 1: TBA
  • Test 2: TBA
  • Final:  8-11am, Monday April 29

References

  1. Video of CSCI 180 final project (Dec. 2010) – a laptop orchestra!
  2. John Cage’s 4′ 33” (performed by the BBC Orchestra), and also his piece “As Slow As Possible” (which, in one performance, is lasting 639 years!).

Software

  • JythonMusic provides software for music-making and creative computing. It is a collection of Jython libraries for music, images, graphical user interfaces (GUIs), and connecting to external MIDI devices, smartphones, and tablets, among others.
  • Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.
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