Timbre and Technology
The role of timbre, or tone color, in music of the last century combined with an introduction to recent computer tools for composition, analysis, and performance. Through close listening, we will examine 20th century composers' approaches to complex sounds, including Mahler, Debussy, Ravel, Schoenberg, Varese, Stockhausen, Grisey, Lachenmann and Leroux, as well as examples from popular and non-Western musics. Listening will be accompanied by writings on and by composers as well as background from the literature on music perception.
Computer programs including AudioSculpt, OpenMusic, and Max/MSP will be used for lectures and exercises. Students are invited to apply the concepts explored in the course to their own fields of expertise in a final project and presentation.