Courses Taught Within
the Experimental Music Studios

MUS 407

Electro-Acoustic Music Techniques I - Introduces electroacoustic music; including historical background and context, music literature, relevant concepts of acoustics and psychoacoustics, techniques of notation and realization, appropriate interfacing of consumer/professional audio equipment, basic techniques of sound synthesis, techniques of analog and digital recording, editing, mixing and processing, basic computer workstation use for recording audio and control signals, and compositional application in the areas of musique concrete, electronic music and Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) technology as applied to electroacoustic concert art music. Prerequisite: Junior, senior, or graduate standing in music or completion of Music 104 and consent of instructor.

Credit: 3 hours.

This class meets 3 times each week plus a weekly 3 hour lab. OFFERED IN THE FALL SEMESTER ONLY.

MUS 409

Electro-Acoustic Music Techniques II - Intermediate study and use of MIDI synthesizers, sound design, audio engineering techniques and digital audio recording/editing/processing in music composition, and the study of compositional, technical, and performance considerations as applied to electro-acoustic concert art music. Each student will have lab times for compositional assignments.

Prerequisite: Music 407 or placement into Music 409 by examination.

Credit: 2 hours.

This class meets 2 times each week plus a weekly 3 hour lab. OFFERED IN THE SPRING SEMESTER ONLY.

MUS 499C

Proseminar: Advanced Studio Techniques - The focus of this course is designed to improve and further refine student compositional and engineering awareness and skills for electroacoustic music composition within a studio setting. This is accomplished through demonstrations, listening sessions, question/answer sessions and critiques. A secondary goal of the course is to assist students achieve a level of compositional and engineering confidence and competence that will prepare their future creative works for acceptance to national and international festivals and competitions. In addition to various assigned exercises and class attendance, students are asked to complete a specifically assigned electroacoustic composition by the end of the semester.

Prerequisite: Music 409 or equivalent.

Credit: 2 hours.

This course is generally repeated for numerous semesters. OFFERED EACH FALL AND SPRING SEMESTER.

Specific semester topics include:

  • intermediate level sequencing and sound design resulting in a six-minute stereo composition.
  • intermediate level digital concrete incorporating advanced stereo engineering techniques resulting in a six-minute stereo composition.
  • four-channel engineering and compositional techniques resulting in a seven-minute four-channel composition
  • 5.1 engineering and compositional techniques resulting in a seven-minute 5.1 composition
  • eight-channel engineering and compositional techniques resulting in an eight-channel composition
  • composing for instruments with electroacoustic accompaniment

And in additional support of:

MUS 576 Doctoral Projects
MUS 599 Thesis Research Projects