Creating Artificial Sound, Its Processing and Control 2
FEKT-JTZ2Acad. year: 2017/2018
The MIDI interface, types of MIDI sound controllers, the tuning of electro-acoustic instruments (micro-intervals) and other ways of creating sound in terms of their compositional use. Interactive electronics and multimedia.
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The student will be able to:
- describe the MIDI interface, name the types of messages used, and describe their uses,
- name the types of MIDI controllers and describe them,
- describe the tuning of electro-acoustic instruments and name methods of tuning hardware and software synthesizers,
- describe ways of creating "artificial" sound,
- describe interactive electronics and explain some solutions.
The knowledge of basic concepts of musical acoustics, tempo, expression and dynamic signs, and musical instruments tuning is required as well as musical intervals, scales and modes, chords and basic harmonic connections, and timbres. Students who enrol on the course should be able to analyze song regularities and assess the implications for the interpretation.
Recommended optional programme components
Recommended or required reading
Kaduch, Miroslav: Soudobá hudební tvorba s využitím počítačů. MKS, Ostava, 1989. (CS)
Kopecký, Pavel: Základy elektronického zvuku a jeho kreativní zpracování. AMU, Praha, 2008. ISBN 978-8073311216 (CS)
Rataj, Michal: Elektroakustická hudba a vybrané koncepty radioartu. KANT AMU, Praha, 2007. ISBN 978-8086970318 (CS)
Vrzal, Martin: Střih záznamu hudby. AMU, Praha, 2007. ISBN 978-80-7331-114-8 (CS)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.
- Lectures consist of an explanation of basic principles, supplemented by a practical demonstration of methods of synthesis and audio samples.
- Exercises support practical acquiring of themes presented at lectures in form of practical work with active participation of students.
Participation at lectures is recommended. Participation at other ways of instruction is checked.
Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes
Evaluation of study results follows Rules for Studies and Examinations of BUT and Dean's Regulation to the Rules for Studies and Examinations of BUT. Credit is given for creating two short individual compositions. Up to 100 points is given for the final oral examination and it is necessary to get at least 50 points for its successful completion. The exam is aimed at knowledge of creating an artificial sound according to syllabus of subjects Creating Artificial Sound, Its Processing and Control 1 and 2.
Language of instruction
1. The MIDI interface in general.
2. Types of MIDI sound controllers: the keyboard.
3. Types of MIDI sound controllers: string, wind and other controllers.
4. The tuning of electro-acoustic instruments in general: types of tuning.
5. The tuning of electro-acoustic instruments: ways of tuning hardware and software synthesizers.
6. The tuning of electro-acoustic instruments: other ways of tuning hardware synthesizers.
7. Other ways of creating "artificial" sound: sound processing in general (basic types of effects).
8. Other ways of creating "artificial" sound: processing of acoustic and electro-acoustic sound.
9. Other ways of creating "artificial" sound: the conversion of a variety of non-musical data to sound signals (types of hardware and software solutions in general).
10. Other ways of creating "artificial" sound: the conversion of a variety of non-musical data to sound signals (specific examples).
11. Interactive Electronics: types of hardware and software solutions in general.
12. Interactive Electronics: specific examples.
The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the MIDI interface, interactive electronics and multimedia, and creative use.
Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences
To obtain the credit it is necessary to complete at least 10 exercises during semester. Other forms of the checked instructions are specified by a regulation issued by the guarantee of the course and updated for every academic year.