For a variety of reasons, this semester's class will be very different from previous incarnations of Computer Music II. Depending on how you count, this year marks the 50th anniverary of the CMC. We thought it might be fun to devote the class to a consideration of the RCA Mark II synthesizer. Our goal isn't to 'emulate' or otherwise recreate the RCA, but instead to think about what it was to the world when it was actively used, and to use this as a guide towards project development in the class. We will be participating in the 2007 New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) conference, and we'd like to present the work done in this course if possible.
So it won't be a "tools and techniques" class like in the past, although
we will be covering tools/techniques that you identify as being
important. As such, our syllabus will be very flexible, and we can't
say exactly where we will be going through the rest of the term.
Sounds like fun!
Such is life.
We'll be putting links in on the syllabus to point towards particular
applications or information as the need arises.
At this point, we assume that you sort-of know your way around our
studios and hardware. Please let us know if you are having
problems gaining access to our facilities or getting equipment to work
for you. Victor and Jeff are both happy to help you gain access to
whatever you need for the course.
It's always a good idea to make an appointment to see me, even during my purported office hours, because I often have to run around campus like a maniac doing strange, computer-music stuff. You can also call on the phone, but please refrain from calling my home much after 11:00 PM or my wife will mutter evil curses that will affect Your Future. Relevant phone numbers are:
I say this every year, and generally people believe it (I think): by this point in your career the last thing you should be worrying about is a grade. The main thing is to find something that you'd really like to do and then do it. Please don't try to impress us with your consummate knowledge and skill, we are more impressed by people who do things. Honest!
Hope you enjoy the class!