Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

X 430 Electronic Music Ensemble (Ex ME)

MUS-X 430 / 1 Cr. (Mondays 12-2; Wednesdays 2:30-4 Class)

This course is a performance ensemble focused on the development of the computer in music performance practice, specifically in an ensemble setting.  The course will look at communication between computers on both a technical and expressive level. Along with DAW-style music software (Logic/Pro-Tools/Studio One/Ableton Live), programming environments such as Max will be used for their ability to process audio in real-time.  Also, we will also be working with OSC (OpenSound Control) and MIDI protocol to network and transfer data between computers using a standard Internet connection.  The ensemble will strive to utilize external controllers ranging from simple MIDI devices to experimental controllers, such as sensor and camera data, for a more expressive connection to the computer.  The culmination of this work will be a series of concert performances of new compositions written for and by the ensemble over the course of the semester.

  • Ableton Live Suite
  • Other DAW software (i.e. Logic Pro, Pro-Tools, etc.)
  • Max - Student License ($59 12-month subscription)
  • Other music or multimedia software
  • Show basic understanding of audio software
  • Produce original music for a computer music ensemble
  • Develop expressive computer music performance in an ensemble setting
  • Synthesize all objectives into concert performances
Principles of Undergraduate Learning (PULs)

1 (a) Express ideas and facts to others effectively in a variety of formats, particularly written, oral, and visual forms.

1 (b) Comprehend, interpret, and analyze ideas and facts.

1 (c) Communicate effectively in a range of settings.

3 (a) Integrate and apply knowledge to enhance their personal lives.

3 (d) Integrate and apply knowledge to work across traditional course and disciplinary boundaries.

4 (a) Show substantial knowledge and understanding of at least one field of study.

4 (b) Compare and contrast approaches to knowledge in different disciplines.

6 (b) Explore, understand, and cultivate an appreciation for beauty and art.