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Composing Sonic Systems

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Course Number




A. Tamirisa

Course Long Title

Composing Sonic Systems

Cross Listed Courses


This course takes computational and communications systems concepts, such as randomness, probability, generativity, signal processing, feedback, control (and non-control), and listening as parameters for electronic sound composition. Using the free, user-friendly visual programming environment, Pure Data (Pd), students create unique software-based artworks and compositions. Creative projects are grounded in theoretical and historical readings as well as listening assignments that provide context for the application of computational concepts and communications systems thinking to sonic arts practice. The course culminates in a final showing of sound art installations and performances. Recommended background: experience in one or more of the following: music composition, music performance, experimental arts, digital media, computer programming, electronics, media studies.

Modes of Inquiry

Creative Process and Production [CP]

Writing Credit

No writing credit

Departmental Course Attributes - Major/Minor Requirements

(DCS: Praxis)

INDS Program Relationship

IDDC - DCA Program

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Class Restriction

Exclude First Years