Computer Music: Musc 216
Project 1 (20% of final grade)
Date due: See the Class Schedule for the due date
PROJECT 1 will consist of a short original electro-acoustic music composition (approximately 60 seconds) containing tracks of sound files which you create, process, and organize using procedures demonstrated in class. The Project will be described in a Written Summary containing details of the techniques you used to create the Project. If any part of Project 1 [original sounds (SYD files), the final mixed aiff file, and Written Summary] is submitted late then the ENTIRE Project will be considered "late." Late Projects will be accepted; however, the letter-grade evaluation for the Project will be lowered one letter grade for EACH DAY the Project (or any part of the project) is late (i.e., from A to B). See Late Assignments.
The project will be submitted by:
You should submit your Project on a CDR type disk. DO NOT use a CD-RW. With these computers, a CD-RW is not always reliable and may be unreadable.
Before you begin your Project, you should create a folder in the SharedFolder called: Project1YourLastName (for example, Project1Landes). All your Project1 files should be kept in this folder. You should not under any circumstances plan to use your VUSpace as your primary folder because you will experience problems with this when you are assembling your Project on SoundTrackPro. You should use the SharedFolder located on your local computer HD for primary storage and then you can use your VUSpace as backup storage.
When you get ready to copy your final Project1 files to your CD for submission, you should copy your entire Project1 folder. In the event that your Project1 folder exceeds about 700 MB, then you will have to delete any files which you do not use in your finished project, particularly sound files and any BACKUP COPIES of your Project which you may have created.
Here are the specific FOLDERS you should create in your Project1 folder:
The sounds you use in your composition may consist of the following types of sounds:
Using SoundtrackPro, you will arrange your soundfiles in multiple tracks in order to assemble your electro-acoustic music composition. When you save your SoundTrackPro document (and collect the audio files), you may have a file names such as:
You should plan to demonstrate many of the special features of SoundTrackPro in your project such as:
Also, you should be careful as you are assembling your project not to create any CLIPPING. This is easy to manage by adjusting the individual track levels as well as the Master volume control. Check the output levels in the top right-hand corner of SoundTrackPro. If you need help with this, ask the Professor for assistance.
When you have finshed assembling your composition, you should EXPORT a MIXED version into your Project1 folder. This will create a stereo AIF file. You should save this MIXED version with the same file name as the SoundTrackPro document which created it, for example:
Finally, using Amadeus II, you will NORMALIZE your MIXED composition and then save this file with a file name such as:
Here are the MINIMUM requirements for the types of sounds you must include in your Project:
When you are creating an AIFF or WAV files from SYD patches, BE SURE TO SAVE THE ORIGINAL SYD PATCH AS A FILE SEPARATE FROM ITS AIFF OR WAV FILE. You cannot convert an AIFF file or WAV file back into a SYD patch file. The file format of a SYD patch is a TEXT file, not a digital sound file.
Aesthetically, you have many options regarding the overall organization of your electro-acoustic composition:
The length of your finished composition should be approximately 60 seconds. The exact length should not be less than exactly 55 seconds or longer than exactly 144 seconds or you will have points deducted from the final grade.
The finished composition should :
You will "assemble" your original music composition using SoundTrackPro. There is no "correct" way to produce an original electro-acoustic music composition except to assemble and process the various components in ways that please YOU. For guidance please see the tutorial, Creating Your Own Electro-acoustic Music Composition. One way to think of assembling your sounds into a composition is to think of it like a musical collage (or montage).
As you work on your Project1 in SoundTrackPro you will be saving it as a SoundTrackPro file. This will preserve all your edits and effects and keep all the sounds in their own discreet and separate tracks. However, the FINISHED composition should be EXPORTED as a "MIXED" file which will create a stereo AIFF file that can be played on any wave editor or can be burned to a CD.
Before you export the mixed file, you should listen to it ALL THE WAY THROUGH to determine if there is any clipping. If there is an instance of clipping, you need to adjust the Master Volume control. Any clipping in the final mixed and normalized file will result in a lowered grade of 10 points for every instance of clipping.
After you export the AIFF file, you still need to NORMALIZE it to 100% amplitude. If you use the SoundTrackPro soundfile editor, it uses the DECIBEL convention. Consequently, you should normalie it to 0.0 db (the equivalent of 100% amplitude). If you use AmadeusII, you should use the "Maximal Sample Power" reference point and enter 100% as the value.
Name your finished Project1 composition: Project1.YourLastName (for example, Project1.Landes).
Factors which could negatively affect the final grade of your Project:
There are no preconceptions regarding style or content for your Project. However you must make an effort to demonstrate techniques which have been discussed and demonstrated in class and then DESCRIBE THESE in your Written Summary.
You should prepare a written summary which describes your Project. This summary should include detailed information about the techniques you used to create your original sound files and what aesthetic (artistic) decisions you made to organize your final composition. It would be best to itemize your sounds. For example, Sound #1 (description), Sound #2 (description), etc.
The written summary should be approx. 3 -4 double-spaced typed pages with a cover page. The paper should be submitted in "hard-copy" form. Margins should be 1 inch on all sides. Maximum font size should be 12 points, for example 12 pt. Times. E-mailed documents will not be accepted.
Your completed written summary should include the following:
A Project which meets the minimum requirements (using the minimum number of sounds, your SYD files are the same as the tutorials with no additional creative material, etc.) will result in the grade of B (86).
The grade of A+ (100) will be reserved for only the most outstanding Projects.
Going beyond the minimum requiremnts with a well-written Summary, well organized CD, and an interesting, creative SoundTrackPro File will result in the grade of A (96).
If there are any doubts on the part of the Professor regarding whether you have met or exceeded the minimum requirements, then the decision will be made that you HAVE NOT. If you have doubts, please add more original material and document it well in your Paper.
The grading ratio of the Project will be:
CHECKLIST for the various aspects of Project 1
Common problems experienced while working on Project1
Common problems experienced by students as they are working to finish and submit the final version of Project 1 include:
Submitting Your Project
Please see the Class Schedule for the due date of Project 1.
1. These are the EXACT folders and files which you must include on your Project CD:
2. Test your Project CD on a Macintosh computer in the Electronic Classroom. CD's which are submitted and do not mount on a Macintosh computer will be considered LATE. See Late Assignments.
3. Submit your Project by putting your CD with related files and printed Written Summary in an 8.5 x 11" MANILLA ENVELOPE. Make sure the following information is printed on the OUTSIDE of the ENVELOPE:
4. Bring your Project to the Blair School of Music Office and ask the receptionist to place it in the Instructor's mail box. Please note: the Blair School of Music Office closes at 5:00 p.m. Any projects submitted after the Office closes will be considered LATE. See Late Assignments.
1. Can I submit a project I did in another class to count for the Project in this class? No. All work for your Project should be original work for this class.
2. Can I create my project on another application such as Cool Edit Pro and then submit it to you for credit for this project? No. Part of your grade for this Project will be your actual SoundTrackPro file, including you links, effects, panning, etc. Consequently, you need to create your project on SoundTrackProand not on another application.
3. Do I have to use SYD file exports in this project? Yes. And, you have to include the original SYD files along with your submitted project.
4. What happens if my computer crashes and I loose all my work. You will have to start from scratch and build your project again. No time extensions will be given due to the fact that you didn't backup your work.
5. What happens if someone deletes my folder from my Shared Folder and I don't have a backup copy. You will have to start from scratch and build your project again. No time extensions will be given due to the fact that you didn't backup your work.
[Current as of June 6, 2008]