This is the central page for all Computer Music Applications 2 assignments. Syllabus: Spring 2016 Reading/Listening (finish before class)  Beginner Lab Advanced Lab  DUE @ start of class 22-Jan Introductions  Inspiration  Inspiration 29-Jan Basic Analysis  Sections  Sections+MIDI  Syllabus Confirmation 05-Feb See assignment Record snow.  Organized Sound   Organized Sound  Record snow 12-Feb Future of Music: Credo  Elements of Sound […]


Here is it.  The final.   The last meeting will be comprised of a presentation of you final project (you may perform live,  play a pre-record or some combination of the two).   Either way, you will also submit a recorded version via the usual on-line pages. Before the start of class, submit your work […]

Make it happen.

So far this year we have focused on using computer music applications to compose, produce and perform music.  Now we must turn our focus towards what to do with these skills.   As we have previously discussed,  concert sales are doing very well these days, while recorded music sales are not growing at the rates […]

Final Project Step 2

This is the final lab session before the final project presentation.    You will have this lab time to ask any questions remaining before the end of the semester.    Each student is expected to use this lab time as well as unsupervised lab time to complete their final project.   The final project is […]

Go see this show.

Bring $5 and maybe a note book for all the ideas you may have from seeing/hearing this show.

Final Steps 1

Today we start working on the final project.   The final project will include two components.  A single piece of music that demonstrates your understanding of the tools and concepts covered this semester.  A collection of original sounds/music that you can share on the FRCC webpage. Today you will complete the outline for your composition. […]


This week we will explore adding videos to our Ableton Live projects. This can be valuable for the following:  Making music videos Creating visuals for live performance Film Scoring, Sound design and other commercial music production. Create a 30 to 60 second composition using video (cutting together found clips, etc) and audio/music of your creation. […]

Bring it.

It is often too easy to continue making music by trying to emulate people making the same kind of music you wish to make.   To get out of this rut, we can employ another creative process.  Lets call this process Inclusion synthesis. For this lab,  select one of the artists or artistic movements we […]

Loops and Interest

For this assignment, you will make a loop based song with 32, 64 or 128 repetitions of your foundation sound (drum loop or drone for example).   Please make the total song length between 1 and 2 minutes. To keep things interesting, you will need to add complexity to otherwise a simple repetitive sound.   […]

procedural composition

For this lab you will make at least one short composition using a step by step, self-similar processes. Fractal Structure:  Create a 3 note melody and render as audio (record singing, record synth, etc) Analyze the melody: How are the notes different, how are they longer or shorter than the first? Apply the differences in […]

Sounds for procedural composition

For this lab, you will need to bring between 16 and 32 sounds to class.  For simplicity, lets re-use the same sounds as your mid-term project. If by chance those sounds have become less interesting to you,  please collect/generate/record a new collection of sounds. Bring them to lab individually exported in a folder.  We will […]

Sounds for mid term comp

For your mid term composition/production project you will need at least 32 sounds,  or pre-produced sequences of sounds that you will use to create your composition during the lab time. Many of you will have completed this collection of sounds during your lab last week, but if not, keep making sounds. Please organize your sounds […]

Hierarchical Composition

For this week we will explore creating a composition hierarchically or top down.    We will start with an intentional outline, beginning, middle and end at a bare minimum,  then fill in each of those sections with further hierarchical structures.   For example the section we will refer to as the beginning, will itself has […]

Racking Synths

Today we continue exploring subtractive synthesis but in order to be able to quickly compare, assess and creatively explore subtractive synthesis further we will be using drum racks and instrument racks to give you finger tip access to all the difference sounds you create. For this lab we will continue with the goals from the […]

Granular Synthesis

As we push the outer boundaries of our technical and creative tool kit, we will find granular synthesis.   The methods of granular synthesis have changed over the years (first requiring razors, audio tape, splicing tape, and lots of time).   Now we can use computers to complete tasks that may have taken days and weeks […]