RCMUSIC 353 - Fundamentals of Electronic Music
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Residential College Music Program (RCMUSIC)
Department: LSA Residential College
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May not be repeated for credit.
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This course will examine the legacy and definition of electronic music from its inception to its unfathomable future.

From Muzak to ring tones, the influence of music technology has morphed into a cultural phenomenon that infiltrates the environment of our daily lives. How did this happen? What does it mean to us? From the field to Pro Tools, what is the state of recording? From the Theremin to the MIDI carillon, what are the instruments? From the wax cylinder to mp3, what are the formats? From Düsseldorf to Detroit, where are the scenes? From mainframe to laptop, what are the processors? From Schaeffer to Jenkinson, who are the pioneers? From ambient to mash-up, what are the types? From analog to digital, what are the methods? From AM/FM to podcasting, what are the transmissions? From labels to downloads, what are the distributions? From Mackie to Moog, who are the makers? These and many more such questions will fuel the content of this course.

The coursework will involve extensive reading, watching, writing, listening, discussion, and even music-making. Special emphasis will be placed on finding personalized and creative solutions to assignments and exams. There will be listening exams, written reports of live events, and project-based exams. Formal musical training and/or prior experience in electronic music are not required, but may prove useful. It is strongly advised that each student have a laptop computer with music software and/or access to electronic gear for use in class.

Class Format:

I will provide synchronous and asynchronous learning materials that students can freely choose from. I will meet with students online during class time, and can further record materials for those that may need to work asynchronously. I'll provide online materials, readings, recordings and demonstration videos.

Testing will be project-based. Students can present to the class online or submit their own videos/writings for the class to peruse


RCMUSIC 353 - Fundamentals of Electronic Music
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001 (REC)
 In Person
3RC Ugrd
MW 3:00PM - 5:00PM

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