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Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Computer Music Composition

MUS- Z 317 / 3 Cr.

Z317 Computer Music Composition I covers creative practices and techniques essential to the composition of electronic music. Students will investigate fundamental concepts of musical development, formal structure, and treatment of rhythm, harmony, texture and timbre in range of genres and historical contexts. 

Textbooks

Recommended text: DeSantis, Dennis. Making Music, 74 Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers. Berlin, Germany: Ableton, 2015. ISBN: 978-3-9817165-0-4 

Software
Hardware and software: All students will need access to a computer and some type of DAW software such as Ableton Live, Logic or Protools. 
Goals

• Learn creative strategies and problem solving skills important to the composition of electronic music.

• Explore key musical concepts that are essential to music composition.

• Develop the ability to produce original musical ideas.

• Learn notation and score production skills.

• Explore contemporary musical examples and important historical masterworks relevant to practice of music composition.