MTEC 62C: COMPOSING & PRODUCING ELECTRONIC MUSIC III
Foothill College Course Outline of Record
|Hours:||3 lecture, 3 laboratory per week (72 total per quarter)|
|Degree & Credit Status:||Degree-Applicable Credit Course|
|Grade Type:||Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)|
The student will be able to:
A. Perform advanced programming of virtual analog and digital synthesizers and drum machines.
B. Record original sound elements for playback using samplers.
C. Quickly create multiple arrangements of songs for various applications including commercial distribution and live performance.
D. Remix existing songs to create new artistic works.
E. Combine multiple hardware controllers to create dynamic live performances.
A. Advanced Synthesis
1. Virtual analog synthesis
2. Digital synthesis
B. Advanced Sampling
1. Recording unique samples in the studio and field
2. Manipulating samples to achieve a signature sound
C. Advanced Drum Machines Programming
1. Using drum sampling and synthesis
2. Building complex and evolving rhythm patterns
D. Arranging and Remixing
1. Creating standard arrangements for commercial distribution
2. Creating extended arrangements for live performance
3. Remixing existing stems to create a new track
E. Advanced Performance Techniques
1. Live recording and looping
2. Using controllers, instruments, and voice to augment electronic playback
3. Combining pad, drum, and keyboard controllers
A. Advanced Synthesis with Virtual Instruments
1. Virtual Analog
2. Digital (FM, Physical Modeling, Granular, Wavetable)
B. Advanced Sampling Techniques
1. Sound Acquisition
2. Creating Patches
C. Advanced Drum Programming
1. Designing Complex Beats
2. Creating Evolving Drum Patterns
D. Preparing for Live Performance
1. Outputting Stems
2. Creating an Extended Multi-Song Set
Special Facilities and/or Equipment
1. 30 Macintosh computers and MIDI keyboards.
2. Video projector and screen.
3. Digital audio workstation software with appropriate virtual instrument plug-ins.
B. When taught via Foothill Global Access:
1. On-going access to computer with Email software and capabilities.
2. An Email address.
3. Java-script enabled internet browsing software.
4. Digital audio workstation software with appropriate virtual instrument plug-ins.
Method(s) of Evaluation
A. Graded lab assignments in the operation of virtual synthesizers, samplers, and drum machines.
B. Quizzes on electronic music concepts and terminology.
C. Composition projects requiring application of concepts presented in each module.
D. A graded final project that demonstrates acquired skill in producing and performing electronic music.
Method(s) of Instruction
A. Lecture presentations and classroom discussion of the techniques for composing and producing electronic music.
B. In-class listening to historically significant electronic music compositions followed by instructor-guided interpretation and analysis.
C. Presentations of major composition and production projects followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.
Representative Text(s) and Other Materials
Written materials provided by the instructor may include: lecture handouts, hardware and software user guides, guided listening worksheets, and musical scores.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments
A. Written critiques and analyses of audio production projects including albums, soundtracks, television, video games and Internet multi-media.
B. Written summaries documenting technical and artistic elements for corresponding submitted assignments and audio projects.
C. Written proposals, session logs, learning outcomes and reflections supporting submitted musical works and final master recordings.