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Music, Ableton, Chuck, Reaktor, Audio Programming, Sound Synthesis
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4 Sessions / 10 hours of work per session
Included w/ premium membership ($20/month)
Skill Level
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English, Spanish; Castilian, Chinese, Portuguese
Music, Ableton, Chuck, Reaktor, Audio Programming, Sound Synthesis
Course Description

The role of the music technologist has changed throughout history, though one trait has stayed consistent: the necessity for the individual to operate across multiple mediums and disciplines. This project-based course provides an opportunity to synthesize the key concepts and skills learned in the Foundations of Music Technology Program, and enables students to establish meaningful connections between the contents of each course. The course will have students acquire real-world artistic experience, through the critical examination of historical works, and the completion of a final project, which demonstrates their ability show how they themselves have become The Modern Music Technologist.


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Session 1: The Music Technologist: Historical Examples and Case Studies (December 17, 2019)
Introductory session and course outline. We will go over historical aspects of music technology, computer music ensembles, and mechatronics. We will also start thinking about a potential project for you to develop throughout the course.
6 lessons
1. Introduction
2. Course Overview
3. A Brief History of the Artists Working at the IMT
4. Collaboration, Participation, and Music Tech Ensembles
5. Mechatronic Music
6. Assignment Explanation
Session 2: Music Technology: Intelligence, Interaction, and Design (December 24, 2019)
In this session, we will review the essential concepts to integrate Ableton Live, ChucK, and Reaktor. Additionally, a few of our CalArts MTIID alumni will join us to demonstrate the recommended project design and development processes. Finally, you will critique these projects, and start generating ideas for your own.
17 lessons
1. Introduction
2. Generating Your Ideas
3. Owen Proposal Example
4. Jordan Proposal Example
5. Exporting Sounds From ChucK to Ableton
6. Loading Audio Into Reaktor Standalone
7. Using Reaktor VST in Ableton Live
8. Connecting Programs: MIDI
9. Connecting Programs: Open Sound Control
10. ChucK Racks: Running ChucK in Ableton - Part 1
11. ChucK Racks: Running ChucK in Ableton - Part 2
12. ChucK Racks: Running ChucK in Ableton - Part 3
13. ChucK Racks: Running ChucK in Ableton - Part 4
14. Examples of CalArts Alumni Projects
15. JP Final Project
16. Charlie Final Project
17. Jake Final Project
Session 3: Bring It All together: Project Proposal (December 31, 2019)
In this session, we will learn how to make a convincing project proposal. By the end of this session, you will create your own project proposal, and you will make a video presentation to explain your idea to the rest of the class. We will also cover some recommendations and best practices for art critique.
5 lessons
1. Introduction
2. Project Outline
3. Project Design
4. Project Development
5. Conclusion
Session 4: Comment and Critique: Strategies for Effective Evaluation of Music Technology-Based Practices (January 7, 2020)
Finalize your selected project, prepare a final presentation, and share your results with the rest of the class. You will have a chance to critique your peers, as well as receiving comments from them and one of the MTIID professors.
6 lessons
1. Creating Your Final Presentation
2. The Art of Critique
3. Jordan's Critique of JP's Project
4. Owen's Critique of Charlie's Project
5. Ajay's Critique of Jake's Project
6. Conclusion
Learning Outcomes

Below you will find an overview of the Learning Outcomes you will achieve as you complete this course.

Instructors & Guests
What You Need to Take This Course
  • Completed Courses: Sound Production in Ableton Live for Musicians and Artists, Introduction to Programming for Musicians and Digital Artists, Sound Synthesis Using Reaktor.
  • Equipment: Computer with installation privileges
  • Software: Reaktor, Ableton Live, ChucK.
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