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Juan C. Pampin
MUSIC 401
Seattle Campus

Digital Sound Synthesis

Introduction to software sound synthesis techniques. Includes acoustics and psychoacoustics; virtual synthesizers and unit generators; table-lookup oscillators and wavetable synthesis; additive synthesis; modulation synthesis; ring amplitude, phase and frequency; granular synthesis; noise; subtractive synthesis and filters. Offered: jointly with DXARTS 461; A.

Class description

Music 401-3 is a year-long course on the fundamentals of computer sound synthesis, composition, and research.

It is designed to provide a thorough technical and conceptual grounding for future exploration for composers or digital sound synthesis designers.

It is a course that emphasizes this thorough grounding over immediate return; often it takes well into two quarters before students are able make sounds of a quality that they would want their dog, let alone their peers, to hear.

It is a course in which students learn to use programming languages to design sound synthesis algorithms.

It is a course on the use of computer programming as a music-compositional tool.

However, the course does not presume knowledge of computer programming of entering students.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Michael J. Furr
Date: 10/09/2003