Digital Audio and Music Composition


Summer 2014 quarter (Session I)

Taught by

music composition, performance

This course will focus on using the computer to create and manipulate digitally generated waveforms.  Students will learn how to use the "C" programming language to synthesize waveforms, while learning about their mathematics.  Students will create short compositions using FM, additive synthesis, and other synthesis techniques.  We will listen to contemporary and historical experiments in sound synthesis and composition, and students will be asked to write a short paper on synthesis algorithms.  Students will learn how to program in "C" under a Linux or OS X system.  The overall emphasis of this class will be in learning how to address the computer in a spirit of play and experiment, and find out what composition can become.  There will be weekly readings in aesthetics, and contemporary research in music composition.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

Music composition and performance, computer programming

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day

Advertised schedule: Monday-Thursday, 12-4pm


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Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning 50 - 74% Delivered Online

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Required Fees

$50 expected expense for concerts and lectures in Seattle and Portland.


Date Revision
June 12th, 2014 Course Cancelled- Students may be intersted in alternative courses "Producing and Sequencing Music" or "Multitrack Audio Production"

Registration Information

Credits: 8 (Summer)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 24


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