Computer music

Politis Dionisios


The focus of this course gives students the opportunity, notwithstanding the Musicality they bear, to become knowledgeable, thoroughly educated, and ultimately, skillful in the rapidly evolving sector of Musical Information technology. Computer Music is the melting point of many scientific fields, as is Psychoacoustics and Physiology from the space of Medicine, Computer Law, Electracoustic Technology, Multimedia, Information Theory, and Mathematics. In many cases, Computer Music is the spearhead of evolving agendas for Human Computer Interaction, for the electronic Mass Media industry, and of course, for Internet technology.

Keywords: Music Interfaces, MIDI, Programming Languages for Music, Production and Dissemination of Music, mainly via the Internet and the “Cloud”, Use of Mobile Device Interfaces for Music Production and Listening

Κωδικός: OCRS522
Κατηγορία: Πληροφορικής » Προπτυχιακό
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Θεματικές Ενότητες

Video Lesson that explains in brief what are the key elements for the subject domain of Computer Music.

Keywords: What is Computer Music about (video lesson)

Perspective students are introduced to the Department’s facilities. They are informed about the use of computer labs and their regulatory status, in case they do not possess a PC or a laptop. A blended learning trajectory is proposed to them, since some topics will be covered with self study, while others demand some integration with the Greek speaking class.  The perspective student has to come up with a project, which, upon completion will be presented either in class or at the instructor’s office.

Keywords: Preliminary course

In this lesson, the acoustic properties of sound waves are presented. Sound waves are characterized mainly by their time series representation, their vibration width, and their spectrum. From these, their frequency content may be derived, their fundamental frequency may be determined, and their harmonic frequencies that reveal the resonating band winds may be designated.

The English speaking students are incorporated with the Greek speaking class. They study the physical properties of sound waves and participate in laboratory exercises linked with the acoustic detection of tones and characteristic frequencies.

Keywords: Physical Properties of Sound Waves laboratory (video lesson), Tones, Frequencies, Harmonics, Spectral Characteristics of Sounds

In this video lesson a presentation of the ear and the listening apparatus is performed. Students are induced with a primer on psychoacoustics that  reveal how the brain receives the acoustic triggers by nerve fibers that are highly tuned into specific frequency ranges. Also, the way that intensity and frequency are transformed by electorheologic fields to loudness and pitch is explained.

Again, the English speaking students are incorporated with the Greek speaking class, or they may visit the instructor’s office. In this lesson, they dip into the ear, the hearing mechanism, they way that the synapses of the acoustic nerve mingle with inner ear structures. They are also given some psychoacoustic information on how the brain conceives loudness and pitch.

Keywords: Ear, Hearing Mechanism, Acoustic Nerve, Psychoacoustics (video lesson), Acoustic Nerve, Brain, Perception, Loudness, Pitch

This lesson explains how music cognition is related with the structure of music in its taxonomy and cerebral interpretation. The discrimination of instruments, pitches and harmonics for musical sounds leads to the creation of semantics and semiotics for the various scales used in music composition. Scales, Intervals, Alterations, Note Durations, Rhythmic content, Dynamics and Rests, are some of the axes for developing music activity through the centuries.

Once more, the English speaking students are incorporated with the Greek speaking class, or they may visit the instructor’s office. In this laboratory lesson, they are introduced with the software and hardware that is used for manipulating computer oriented musical composition. They are also shown how computer plug-ins manipulate musical synthesis and performance.

Keywords: Scales, Intervals, Alterations, Rhythm, Note Durations and Rests  (video lesson), Music Taxonomy in practice: The Roads of Music

During this phase, the learner is self instructed and self paced in his learning characteristics. He uses the video lessons that are available through the VLE and learning material disposable at the Department’s Library. Online sources are also used. As a result,  he has all the material available to proceed with his project.

Keywords: Appendices: Computer Music Research Projects (video learning objects)

As the learners move forward to completing this course, the final assessment stage commences. Usually learners are entangled in some sort of written or oral (preferred for Erasmus students) exam. Additionally, they present their final project’s outcomes, they deposit the deliverables, and answer questions from both the instructor and the rest of their classmates. The reaction of their  peers is essential, since it gives clues for the impact of their project within the learning community.

Keywords: Assessment: Project presentation (in public) and submission of the Deliverables

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