Survey of Music Technology

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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. 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 sof...


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. 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.

Grading Policy:

There will be a quiz at the end of each module (except module 0) for a total of 6 quizzes. Quizzes consist of multiple-choice and short-response questions and cover lecture material from the module.

There are two hands-on projects in the course, due at the end of module 3 and at the end of module 5. These projects will be graded through a peer assessment system.

The grade breakdown is as follows:

  • 60% - quizzes
  • 40% - projects

In order to receive a statement of accomplishment, you must get 70% or higher for the course. In order to receive a statement of accomplishment with distinction, you must get 90% or higher for the course.

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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 2 months ago
I enjoyed taking this course and found it to be very engaging. The first part has a great intro to Digital Audio Workstations with a crash course in the 30-day free software Reaper, so there is no cost for extra software or other materials. The second part uses a Python-based music programming software called EarSketch that compiles and runs in your browser, creating some unusual and unexpected results. I found both parts of the course fascinating and learned a lot about what has been happened in the field of music technology through the years.
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8/10 starsTaking Now
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6 years, 6 months ago
I'm in the middle of this course right now. I'm a professional music producer who has national credits and have been involved with Music Tech since 2002. I wanted to take this just to brush up on skills. At first was expecting a 101 level course, but the material here may be difficult for someone with less than 2 years experience. I do wish they let you us whatever DAW you want, but there is some material here I have not yet dealt with, such as programming languages for effects which is challenging.
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