Hacking Sound: A Hands-on Introduction to Electronic Music
Since the late nineteenth century, musical pioneers have been harnessing the power of electricity to create new and exciting sonic results. In this seminar, students will learn about electronic and computer music by building and hacking their own electronic musical instruments. Assuming no previous experience, students will develop technical skills in acoustics, circuit design, human-computer interaction, microphones, programming, recording, and synthesis. Students will also learn musical fundamentals, both as performers and composers in the ensemble of handmade instruments. The semester will culminate with a public performance of original music.