Foundations of Music Technology
Jordan Natan Hochenbaum is an artist concerned with finding meaningful connections among music, art, and technology. His work involves designing novel interfaces for musical performance, multimodal sensor systems, and playing and composing in a wide range of musical styles. Hochenbaum actively releases music under the Natan H moniker. As co-founder of FlipMu, he has explored interactive works for large-scale multitouch surfaces, real-time data sonification, generative audio/visual systems, and open-source interface design. Together with Owen Vallis and Jasmin Ruiz Blasco, he has been working as The Noise Index, an art-and-research platform that explores questions emerging from increased access to information in the digital age.
In 2013 Jordan completed his PhD titled L’Arte di Interazione Musicale: New Musical Possibilities through Multimodal Techniques. Recently he has worked on anomaly detection at Twitter, while also on faculty at California Institute of the Arts, where he teaches a variety of classes in the Music Technology department. Jordan’s work has been featured online and in print, including Wired, Computer Arts, Make, and XLR8R Magazine, The Creators Project, on Processing.org and Rhizome.org, and at festivals and conferences including Google I/O, NASA’s Yuri’s Night, the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, the International Society for Music Information Retrieval, and the International Computer Music Conference.
Ajay Kapur is currently the Director of the Music Technology program (MTIID) at the California Institute of the Arts, as well as the Associate Dean for Research and Development in Digital Arts. He received an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in 2007 from University of Victoria combining computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, music and psychology with a focus on intelligent music systems and media technology. Ajay graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University in 2002. Kapur has published over 100 technical papers and presented lectures across the world on music technology, human computer interface for artists, robotics for making sound, and modern digital orchestras.
Spencer Salazar is a computer musician and researcher currently serving as Special Faculty at the California Institute of the Arts School of Music. His research and teaching is focused on mobile music software, systems for music programming, and computer-based music ensembles. Previously he pursued his doctoral studies at Stanford CCRMA, where his dissertation research concerned a modular sketch-based programming system for computer music. He has also created new software and hardware interfaces for the ChucK audio programming language, prototyped consumer electronics for Microsoft, and architected large-scale social music interactions for Smule, an iPhone application developer. He received a Bachelor of Science and Engineering in Computer Science from Princeton University in 2006 and received a Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) in Computer-based Music Theory and Acoustics from Stanford University in 2017.
The Foundations of Music Technology Program prepares learners for a career in Music Technology through courses taught by experts from California Institute of the Arts. This project-based program covers the fundamentals of digital audio, mixing and producing music using Ableton Live, sound synthesis theory and history using Reaktor, and an introduction to computer music programming using the ChucK programming language. Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate mastery of core music technology skills and how they relate to one another.
- Understanding of the fundamentals of digital audio, mixing, and production
- Understanding of sound synthesis theory and history
- Ability to utilize computer music programming knowledge to create original works
- Session 1: Introduction to Ableton Live
- Session 2: The Nature of Sound
- Session 3: Levels and Panning
- Session 4: Sculpting Frequencies: Equalization
- Session 5: Reverb and Space
- Session 6: Compression and Dynamics
- Session 7: Slicing and Dicing: Sampling in Live
- Session 8: Parallel Signal Processing: Ableton Racks
- Session 9: Inside/Outside: Advanced MIDI, Syncing Laptops, Mapping Strategies, and Audio Analysis
- Session 1: Intro to Synthesis
- Session 2: Subtractive Synthesis
- Session 3: Ring Modulation and FM Synthesis
- Session 4: Percussion Synthesis
- Session 5: Sequencers in REAKTOR
- Session 6: Wavetable Synthesis
- Session 7: Granular Synthesis
- Session 8: Physical Modelling
- Session 9: Additive Synthesis
- Session 1: Basics: Sound, Waves, and ChucK Programming
- Session 2: ChucK Libraries and Intro to Arrays
- Session 3: Sound File Manipulation in ChucK
- Session 4: Functions in ChucK
- Session 5: Unit Generators and Physical Models
- Session 6: Multi-Threading and Concurrency
- Session 7: Classes and Object-Oriented Programming
- Session 8: Live Control: Keyboard, Mouse, MIDI & OSC
- Session 1: The Music Technologist: Historical Examples and Case Studies
- Session 2: Music Technology: Intelligence, Interaction, and Design
- Session 3: Bring It All together: Project Proposal
- Session 4: Comment and Critique: Strategies for Effective Evaluation of Music Technology-Based Practices
- Create Your Own Instrument Rack in Ableton Live
- Build a Juno and a Minimoog in Reaktor
- Create a Techno-inspired Track in ChucK
Equipment: Computer with installation privileges
Software: Ableton Live, Reaktor, ChucK
This program is at a beginner level, however a basic prior familiarity with digital audio, synthesis, or programming would be ideal.
- A verified Specialist Certificate that prove you completed the Program and mastered the subject.*
- A verified course Certificate for each individual course you complete in the program.*
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