Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Music Technology Methods

MUS-N 514 / 3 Cr. (Wednesdays 6-8:40 pm Class)

This course is designed to provide a conceptual and philosophical overview of graduate level music technology.  Students will master concepts leading to a systematic understanding of software, data structures, hardware and related technology applications.  Each student will organize and develop a technology portfolio consisting of notes and course projects. Class discussions and webblogs will engage the studied content, particularly as it relates to current trends. 


-Personal laptop computer, audio interface, speakers or headphones,  -Max MSP/Jitter v.7 ( -DAW software application, choosing from Logic Pro X, Ableton Live 9, Cubase, Digital Performer, Pro Tools, Sonar, Reason.  If you want to use an application not listed, please consult with Professor Deal.  Ableton Live and Logic Pro are the applications we will use in class. -Electronic Music and Sound Design - Theory and Practice with Max/MSP – V. 1 
Authors: Alessandro Cipriani and Maurizio Giri Language: English ISBN-10: 8890548401 ISBN-13: 978-8890548406 Amazon website info: Optional: Experiencing Music Technology, by Webster & Williams, latest edition Max/MSP/Jitter for Music 
By V.J. Manzo Oxford University Press 9780199777686



  • Master computer-based audio/video concepts and applications
  • Produce original music and/or multi-media with music
  • Produce original works using DAW software
  • Produce functional applications utilizing MaxMSP/Jitter
  • Record, edit and utilize audio samples, manipulate audio using effects in original music
  • Apply new technologies to existing work
  • Demonstrate conceptual understanding of current technology in music extending to production, multimedia; web presence; composition, performance, recording, hardware, and future directions
Principles of Undergraduate Learning (PULs)

The course will pursue the IUPUI Principles of Graduate learning, guidelines for professional graduate level programs:

*Demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to meet disciplinary standards of performance, as stated for each individual degree

*Communicate effectively with their peers, their clientele, and the general public

*Think critically and creatively to improve practice in their field

*Meet all ethical standards established for the discipline