Short composition exercises to review tonal musical materials and to bridge the gap to exercises in twentieth-century compositional techniques. Assignments on tonal harmony, chromaticism, the developmental process, microforms and macroforms, Common Practice Period and expanded chord vocabulary, new scale resources, serial techniques, and indeterminate procedures in the twentieth century.
Fundamentals of music composition for visual media will be addressed, including technical and creative aspects for the preparation of distribution-ready music for use in motion pictures. Students will collaborate with producers of original films with no pre-existing music.
Exploration of powerful synthesis, interface, and control capabilities of various software programs with a focus on generating and manipulating audio. This is a hands-on, practical and technical overview of practices relating to the creative use of working with digital audio useful for software-based step-sequencers, synth bass/pads, musical interfaces, and many other tools for digital media.