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4 Sessions
Program ($600 USD)
California Institute of the Arts
Creative Computing, Music Technology, Music Composition
Skill Level
Video Transcripts
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
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.
Session 2: Music Technology: Intelligence, Interaction, and Design
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.
Session 3: Bring It All together: Project Proposal
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.
Session 4: Comment and Critique: Strategies for Effective Evaluation of Music Technology-Based Practices
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.
Learning Outcomes

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

Grading Policy
Course Great Breakdown Chart
Total: 100.00%

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Credit Elligible Program
This course is one of 4 courses in the Foundations of Music Technology Program and is offered for credits from California Institute of the Arts.

Earn a verified Specialist Certificate after successfully completing a Program. And whenever you complete a course as a Premium member, you earn a verified Certificate of Accomplishment . These certificates are proof that you completed an online course on our platform and can easily be shared with its unique link.

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.
Additional Information

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