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MUSIC 434
History of Electroacoustic Music

Schedule
Spring 2019

Tuesday Thursday
January 8
Introduction
January 10
Fundamentals of Acoustics
Dimensions of Sound presentation (basic vocabulary)

LISTENING SELECTIONS PLAYED:

  • Demonstration of harmonics, timbre, and additive synthesis
January 15
Fundamentals of Electricity
Music Before 1900
Tips on how to listen to music

LISTENING SELECTIONS PLAYED:

Pedro Caryevschi - Analogias Paraboloides (1970)

 

January 17
Fundamentals of Electricity
Early Sound Recording
Matter as Particles
Tips on how to listen to music
Turn of the Century Innovations

LISTENING SELECTIONS PLAYED:
Slide presentation on Spectromorphology

January 22

Transatlantic Wireless
Amplitude Modulation
The First Broadcast
The Fleming Valve
The Audion
Sound Recording
Regeneration

LISTENING SELECTIONS PLAYED:

Listening Journal #1 due

January 24

Quantum Theory
Relativity
Psychoanalysis
Modernism
Expressionism
Found Objects
The Telharmonium
Atonality
Klangfarbenmelodie

LISTENING SELECTIONS PLAYED:

  • Demonstration of harmonics, timbre, and additive synthesis
  • Magic Music from the Telharmonium - MMC ML1092.W42 1998
  • Richard Wagner - Prelude to Tristan and Isolde - PSU library electronic resources
  • Gustav Mahler - Symphony no. 8, opening and closing movements - MMC MCD02-204
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari - MMC PN1995.75.C32 1996 DVD
  • Arnold Schoenberg - Three Piano Pieces, opus 11 - Disc M83-711
  • Arnold Schoenberg - Five Pieces for Orchestra opus 16, mvmt 3, Farben: Massige Viertel - online Classical Music Library
  • Igor Stravinsky - Rite of Spring MMC MCD04-371

Crossword Puzzle #1 due

 

January 29
Busoni
Futurism
Dadaism
Twelve Tone Music

LISTENING SELECTIONS PLAYED:

Listening Journal #2 due

 

January 31
Uncertainty
Digital Theory
Superhet
Edgard Varèse
Theremin
Ondes Martenot
Trautonium

LISTENING SELECTIONS:

  • Edgard Varèse - Integrales, Ionisation - MMC MCD04-1099
  • Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey - MMC ML1380.T54 1996 DVD
  • Fete des belles eaux
  • Olivier Messiaen - Oraison - MCD02-185
  • Demonstration of formants and subtractive synthesis
  • Paul Hindemith - Langsames Stuck und Rondo fur Trautonium - MCD02-49

Crossword Puzzle #2 due

 

February 5

TEST 1: to 1935
Student presentations on research papers, part 1

February 7
Stereo Recording
Optical Sound
Electric Guitar
Hammond Organ
Frequency Modulation
John Cage
Claude Shannon
Alan Turing
Vocoder
The End of the 1930s
Musique Concrète
 
LISTENING SELECTIONS:
  • Sound of theremin from The Green Hornet
  • John Cage - In a Landscape - Classical Music Library (online)
  • Demonstration of formants and vocal synthesis
  • Examples of the voder and vocoder
  • Examples of the Sonovox (or Talkbox)
  • The Voder and Vocoder
  • History of Talkbox, Vocoder, and Autotune
    • Radio commercials for Lifebuoy Soap and BromoSeltzer
    • Sparky's Magic Piano and Sparky and the Talking Train
    • Walt Disney's Dumbo - PN1997.D83 1990
    • Peter Frampton Do You Feel Like I Do? - MMC MCD01-310
  • Pierre Schaeffer, Pierre Henry - MCD02-83
    • Etude aux Chemins de Fer
    • Etude Pathetique
    • Etude Noire
    • Etude Violette
    • Etude aux Tourniquets
    • Symphonie pour un Homme Seul
February 12
Inventions During WWII
The Tape Recorder
Serialism
elektronische Musik
Gesang der Jünglinge The Theremin in Hollywood
Forbidden Planet

LISTENING SELECTIONS:

  • Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey - ML1380.T54 1996
  • Olivier Messiaen - Modes de Valeurs et Intensités (Modes of Values and Intensities) - MCD95-275
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen - Studie I, Studie II - MCD02-82
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen - Gesang der Jünglinge - MCD98-1207
Listening Journal #3 due

 

February 14
BBC Radiophonic Workshop

LISTENING SELECTIONS:

Crossword Puzzle #3 due
February 19
Columbia
Indeterminacy
Hugh LeCaine
Stereo in Film

LISTENING SELECTIONS:

  • Vladimir Ussachevsky - Sonic Contours - MCD92-2
  • Otto Luening - Low Speed - MCD92-2
  • Otto Luening - Fantasy in Space - MCD92-2
  • John Cage - Williams Mix - MCD02-435
  • Hugh Le Caine (MCD02-84)
    • Dripsody
    • Rhapsody in Blue
    • Sugar Blues
    • Sackbut String Quartet
    • The Sackbut Blues

Listening Journal #4 due

 

February 21
Louis and Bebe Barron
Milan
Tokyo
Déserts
Information Theory
Lejaren Hiller

LISTENING SELECTIONS:

  • Forbidden Planet - PN1995.9.S26F67 1999
  • Edgard Varese - Déserts - MCD02-1181
  • Luciano Berio - Thema - Omaggio a Joyce - MCD03-170
  • Henri Pousseur - Scambi - MCD02-675
  • Bruno Maderna - Continuo - MDC02-347
  • February 26
    The Golden Mean
    Iannis Xenakis
    The Philips Pavilion

    LISTENING SELECTIONS:

    • Erik Satie - Sonneries de la Rose + Croix I - MCD02-768
    • Bela Bartok - Music for String Instruments, Percussion and Celesta - MCD02-563
    • Iannis Xenakis - Metastaseis, Pithoprakta - MCD02-188
    • Iannis Xenakis - Concrète PH - MCD02-76
    • Edgard Varèse - Poème Electronique - MCD02-435

    Crossword Puzzle #4 due

     

    February 28
    TEST 2: 1935-1957
    Student Research presentations, part 2
    March 5
    SPRING BREAK
    March 7
    SPRING BREAK
    March 12
    Scholars of Sound

    Columbia-Princeton
    Milton Babbitt
    Transistors
    Bell Labs

    LISTENING SELECTIONS:

    • Karlheinz Stockhausen:
      • Kontakte - MCD02-82
      • Mikrophonie - MCD02-81
    • Pierre Henry - Variations pour une Porte et un Soupir - MCD02-192
    • NPR on Oskar Sala and the Mixtur-Trautonium
    • The Birds - PN1997.B54 2001 DVD
    • Milton Babbitt - Ensembles for Synthesizer - Disc M89-137
    • Selections from The historical CD of digital sound synthesis - MCD02-80:
      • Newman Guttman - In a Silver Scale
      • Newman Guttman - Pitch Variations
      • Max Mathews - Numerology
      • Max Mathews, arr. - Bicycle Built for Two
    March 14
    Embrace the Weird

    Modular Component Systems
    Conceptualism
    Minimalism
    David Tudor

    LISTENING SELECTIONS:

    March 19
    Control of Time

    Columbia-Princeton in the 1960s
    Xenakis in the 1960s
    Bell Labs in the 1960s
    Raymond Scott

    LISTENING SELECTIONS:

    • Conlon Nancarrow - 3rd Study for Player Piano: Boogie Woogie Suite
    • Milton Babbitt:
      • Vision and Prayer - MCD02-50
      • Philomel - MCD96-221
    • Raymond Scott - early sound clips
    • Raymond Scott - MCD02-68:
      • Sprite "Melonball Bounce"
      • Baltimore Gas & Electric Co.
      • Hostess: Twinkies
      • Auto-Lite: "Ford Family"
      • Lightworks
      • Limbo: The Organized Mind
      • The Pygmy Taxi Corporation
    • Raymond Scott - M1473.S55 1997:
      • Soothing Sounds for Baby
    • Charles Wuorinen - Time's Encomium - MCD99-554
    • Charles Wuorinen New York Times interview
    • Sequencer demo
    • Morton Subotnick (MCD02-88):
      • Silver Apples of the Moon
      • The Wild Bull
    Listening Journal #5 due 

     

    March 21
    New Forms of Performance

    Cologne in the 1960s
    Milan in the 1960s

    LISTENING SELECTIONS:

    • Amplitude and Ring Modulation demos
    • Karlheinz Stockhausen:
      • Telemusik - MCD02-81
      • Hymnen - MCD02-165
    • Luigi Nono:
      • Liebeslied - MCD91-138
      • Omaggio a Vedova - MCD02-86
      • La Barrica Illuminata - MCD02-85
      • Ricorda cosa ti hanno fatto in Auschwitz - MCD02-85
      • Per Bastiana - MCD02-86
      • La fabbrica illuminata - MCD02-85
    • Mario Davidovsky - Synchronisms No. 6 - MCD96-154
    Crossword Puzzle #5 due
    March 26
    Synthesizers in Popular Music and Film
    Lev Termen rediscovered
    Voltage Controlled Modular Synthesizers

    LISTENING SELECTIONS:

    • The Beach Boys: "Good Vibrations"
    • Star Trek theme
    • The Birds - MMC PN1997.B54 2001 DVD
    • Modular synthesis demos
    • Cosmic Sounds clips
    • The Notorious Byrd Brothers clips
    • Moog 900 Series Electronic Music Systems Demonstration Record
    • Wendy Carlos - Switched on Bach - Sinfonia to Cantata #29 - MCD02-168
    • Gil Trythall - Country Moog - Foggy Mountain Breakdown
    • Wendy Carlos - Soundtrack to A Clockwork Orange - MCD02-26:
      • Title Music
      • William Tell Overture
      • Timesteps
      • Ode to Joy
      • Suicide Scherzo (Beethoven's 9th Symphony, 4th mvmt)
    • Emerson, Lake, and Palmer - Lucky Man
    • Stan Free - Popcorn
    • Stevie Wonder - Boogie On Reggae Woman
    March 28
    Computer Music

    The End of the 1960s
    Jean-Claude Risset
    Stanford/CCRMA

    Student presentations on assigned pieces

    ADDITIONAL LISTENING SELECTIONS:

    • Selections from The historical CD of digital sound synthesis - MCD02-80:
      • Jean-Claude Risset, synthesis examples
    • Iannis Xenakis - Eonta - MCD02-188
    • James Tenney - M1473.T35S3 1992
      • Analog #1 (Noise Study)
      • For Anne, Rising
      • Dialog
      • Phases
      • Ergodos II
    • Jean Claude Risset - Sud, Mutations, Inharmonique - MCD05-41
    • Jean-Claude Risset - Fall from Little Boy - MCD02-54
    • FM synthesis demonstrations
    • John Chowning - MCD02-53:
      • Sabelithe
      • Turenas
    Crossword Puzzle #6 due
     

    April 2
    Postmodernism and New Forms of Pop Music

    New Forms of Pop Music
    Quadraphony
    Postmodernism

    LISTENING SELECTIONS:

    • Stevie Wonder - Boogie On Reggae Woman
    • Steve Miller Band - Threshold, Jet Airliner
    • Donna Summer - I Feel Love
    • Kraftwerk - The Robots
    • Brian Eno - Unfamiliar Wind (Leeks Hills)
    • David Bowie - Heroes
    • Mean-Michel Jarre - Equinoxe
    • Gustav Mahler - Second Symphony, movement 3
    • - MCD04-996
    • Luciano Berio - Sinfonia, movement 3
    • - MCD86-13
    • Talking Heads/Brian Eno - MCD04-255:
      • Found A Job
      MCD04-208:
      • Seen and Not Seen
      • Once in a Lifetime
    • Online clips of The Ghosts of Versailles:
    Listening Journal #6 due

    April 4
    Expanding Spectra - the Human Touch

    Granular Synthesis
    GROOVE
    Interactivity
    IRCAM
    The 4X Computer
    CEMAMu
    Digital Synthesizers

    LISTENING SELECTIONS:

    Crossword Puzzle #7 due
     

     

    April 9
    Vocal Synthesis
    From Microprocessors to MIDI
    Audio for Personal Computers
    Microtonality

    LISTENING SELECTIONS:

    • Online video: Back to the Future Sounds
    • John Chowning - Stria - MCD02-53
    • Charles Ives - Three Quarter-Tone Pieces
    • Wendy Carlos - Just Imaginings - MCD02-27
    • Wendy Carlos - The Well-Tempered Clavier: Prelude No. 7 in E-flat Major
    • Gary Lee Nelson - Fractal Mountains - MCD02-55
    • John Chowning
      • Vocal synthesis demonstration
      • Phone - MCD02-53
    • Charles Dodge - Any Resemblance Is Purely Coincidental - MCD98-1281
    • Paul Lansky - Idle Chatter - MCD02-182
    Listening Journal #7 due

    April 11
    Plunderphonics
    Remix culture

    LISTENING SELECTIONS:

    • Copyright Criminals - K1450.Z9 C67 2010 DVD

    Crossword Puzzle #8 due
     

    April 16
    Alternate Controllers and Performance Systems

    LISTENING SELECTIONS:

    • Jonathan Harvey - Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco - MCD02-343
    • Barry Truax - Riverrun - MCD02-184
    April 18
    TEST 3: 1958-1990

    Listening Journal #8 due

     

    April 23
    Physical Modeling
    Lev Termen Returns to the West
    Digital Stereo
    Acousmatics

    LISTENING SELECTIONS:

    April 25
    Electronica

    LISTENING SELECTIONS:

    • Modulations - M1473.M63 1998 DVD

    Listening Journal #9 due

     

    Final drafts of papers due 4:00 PM Friday, April 26

         
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