No admission requirements for this course.
The main topic of this course is the question how technological developments have resulted and will result in new forms of music. However, the relationship between technology and music is not just one-directional, technology has been shaped by developments in music as well. In this course we are primarily interested in music creation including composition processes, musical language and musical instruments or sound sources. Besides that, we are interested in developments in musical performance, presentation and distribution.
The course will address both academic, contemporary and popular electronic music. We will address the democratization of electronic music, the role of the internet, automatic music recognition, generative music and artificial intelligence.
In the course we will come across instruments like the Theremin, the Trautonium, the Mellotron, analogue synthesizers (Moog, Buchla, Arp, EMS), digital synthesizers while not forgetting the studio-based electronic music tradition that originates from the 1940’s.
In order to develop hands on experience we will use and zoom into the following open source software (Audacity, VCV Rack, Ardour, Pure Data, Automatonism, Google Magenta and more)
In the course a historical perspective will be created to not only create a context for discussion, it is meant to inspire new ideas and concepts. Although history plays an important role it is not a history course. Students are asked to study certain concepts that relate to their interest, try-out their ideas, present their work and engage in discussions.
The course aims to create a stimulating basis for critical thinking regarding the interrelation of Music and Technology
The course aims to stimulate the creation of new ideas and concepts focusing on the interrelation of Music and Technology
Academic year 2020-2021, first semester.
Dates and times
Wednesdays 17.30-19.30 hrs.
9 September 2020
16 September 2020
23 September 2020
30 September 2020
7 October 2020
14 October 2020
28 October 2020
4 November 2020
11 November 2020
18 November 2020
25 November 2020
2 December 2020
- 16 December 2020
The lectures/workgroups take place at KOG, room A144, Steenschuur 25, 2311 ES, Leiden.**.
Mode of instruction
The grading of the course is based on the homework assignments, student presentations, an essay and a creative work. Full attendance is a requirement in order to receive the credits for the course.
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Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website
Lecturer: Dhr. E.F. van der Heide MMus
Coordinator: Dhr. ir. R.T.W.L. Schneemann
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