Numbers: Noise and Music

Fall 2013 quarter

Taught by

music technology and theory

This course will examine music theory and sound synthesis through the lens of the Max/MSP/Jitter programming environment. Students will learn how musical ideas can be expressed and manipulated using numbers, simple mathematics, and logic. We will work with musical scales, intervals, chords, and rhythms as well as 20th century concepts of musical organization.  Students will dive into digital synthesis techniques, exploring the overtone series and its relationship to timbre.  Students will create compositions that explore generative compositional processes, synthesis techniques and tuning systems.  No prior musical experience is necessary.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Evening

Advertised schedule: 6-10p Mon


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Registration Information

Credits: 4 (Fall)

Class standing: Sophomore–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 20


Course Reference Number

So - Sr (4 credits): 10045

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