Introduction to MIDI and Computer Music: Syllabus
This syllabus shows topics, assignments, other homework, and due dates. Click on links to get instructions for the assignments.
Work in the Assignments column is listed in the week in which the work is due. Be sure to look down to later rows to see what you need to be working on! The items in the Homework column indicate the day the homework is due. (“for Wed” means you need to do the homework before the Wednesday class.)
There may be a short online quiz about the homework on these days, after we have had a chance to review the material in class. A quiz may cover all of the reading done since the last quiz. Makeup quizzes are given only in the case of excused absences.
“Homework” means: work you can do at home. In other words, you usually do not need to be in M373 to do this work, though it may sometimes be necessary. Assignments must be done in M373. You are expected to spend time outside of class doing the assignments in M373. There will not be enough work time in class to finish them.
• For an overview of the assignments, go here.
• For a list of quizzes and what you need to study, go here.
The dates given in the Dates column are for the Monday of the week.
|Getting acquainted with Reason; introduction to MIDI recording||
for Fri: Video: Recording
|Making drum patterns, basic acoustics, MIDI editing||
DUE Mon 8/27:
Fill out Questionnaire in Canvas
DUE Fri (8/31): Exercise B
for Wed: Video: Drum Beats
(IU network or VPN only)
for Fri: Acoustics reading
|Basic acoustics, MIDI editing, ExB group critiques||Monday is Labor Day: no class||for Wed: Video: Beginner’s Guide|
|More acoustics, musical contrast, introduction to mixing||
Acoustics 1 app
for Mon: app pages 1‑3
for Wed: app pages 4‑6
for Wed: IRN Frequency Range Chart
|Automation, more acoustics, Assignment 1 group critiques||DUE Mon (9/17): Assignment 1||
Acoustics 2 app
for Wed: app pages 1‑3
for Fri: app pages 4‑5
|MIDI hardware setups, MIDI messages, rhythmic feel, block editing||DUE Mon (9/24): Exercise C||
for Fri: app pages 1‑2
|More MIDI messages, creating and editing MIDI control change messages, automation, tempo changes||Friday is Fall Break: no class||
app pages 3‑4
for Wed: app pages 5‑6
|Synthesis with Reason, filters, modulation with LFOs||DUE Wed (10/10): Assignment 2||
for Fri: app pages 1‑2
|Sampling, sample preparation in Audacity, CV and pattern sequencing||for Mon: app pages 3‑4|
|Introduction to audio files in Reason; digital audio concepts; formants and pitch correction||DUE Mon (10/22): Assignment 3||for Fri: Digital Audio 1 reading|
|Digital audio concepts||for Wed: Digital Audio 2 reading|
|How basic audio effects work: EQ, vocoder||
DUE Mon (11/5):
Begin Final Project
|for Wed: Filters and EQ reading|
|Delay effects, dynamics processing||
Delay Effects reading
for Wed: Dynamics Effects reading
|More dynamics processing, mastering, MP3 and AAC files|
|Attendance required at playback of final projects on Wednesday and Friday!||DUE Tue (12/4): Final Project|