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Survey of Music Technology

Georgia Institute of Technology via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 5-7 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 6 weeks long

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How can we use computers to create expressive, compelling music? And how can we write computer software to help us create and organize sounds in new ways? This course provides a hands-on introduction to the field of music technology as both a creative musical practice and an interdisciplinary technical research pursuit. Students will be able to compose music in digital audio workstation software using both audio and symbolic representations; to write code to algorithmically generate music, analyze sound, and design sound; and to describe the essential theory and history behind these activities as well as their connection to cutting-edge computer music research. Through the exploration of topics such as acoustics, psychoacoustics, digital sound, digital signal processing, audio synthesis, spectral analysis, algorithmic composition, and music information retrieval, we will explore the deep relationships between art and science, between theory and practice, and between experimental and popular electronic music.

We will learn about these topics in the context of digital audio workstation (DAW) software, the multi-track editing paradigm that has been dominant in music production since the 1980s. As we learn about the foundations behind such software, we will use this knowledge to more effectively create music with it, and we will also write a series of short software programs that extend the software’s ability to manipulate, transform, and analyze sound.

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Jason Freeman

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Anonymous
5.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I was amazed at how much I learned from this course. I was able to create a song by the fourth week in the course. See others' songs / projects as part of the peer reviews was as enlightening as creating my own. The 2nd project focused on python coding and was more challenging, but the examples in the videos were helpful. If you were ever curious about creating and/or mixing music on your computer, I would highly recommend this course.
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Jordi E
5.0 4 years ago
Jordi completed this course.
This is a very interesting course. You can learn a lot about sound theory, Reaper DAW and programing sound whit Python.
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Carrie L
5.0 3 years ago
Carrie partially completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This course is great for beginners! It's very informative for someone wanting to learn this technology at home so you can use your DAW.
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Anne E
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