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Building Tools For Musicians


This seminar will examine the roles that software tools can and do
play in many different kinds of musical composition, creation and
recording, and ways to construct them. We will consider the differing
categories of potential users and aspects of the sociology of software
development before moving onto more technical issues (and possible

The kinds of questions we may cover include:

  • the significance of GUI elements (knobs, faders, menus, numerical displays, grabbable objects, windows)
  • tradeoffs between hardware and (graphical) software interfaces
  • how hiding functionality can help or hinder musicians
  • task emphasis: why is Live not ProTools (or vice versa)? how does SooperLooper differ from Live?
  • presentation differences: how do different DAWs offer time stretching and pitch modification to the user?
  • plugins, standalone applications or participants?
  • contrasting toolboxes (Max/MSP, Pure Data), languages (SuperCollider, CSound) and ready-made tools
  • are small tools useful?
  • how do the tools (for example, trackers) shape the music?
Attendees should be have some familiarity with some kind of music
creation, preferably but not necessarily involving computers. Some
basic programming skills will be helpful, though not essential.

  • Wahlpflicht im Masterstudiengang MKT, Modul MA-MKT 9
  • Wahlpflicht im Magisterstudiengang Kommunikationswissenschaft
  • Wahl im Diplomstudiengang Tonmeister

Zeitraum und Ort

Zeitraum: 22.10.2008- 14.02.2009
Wochentag / Zeit: Mittwoch   14:00    wöchentl
Raum: EN 324

Dozenten und Tutoren

Ansprechpartner: Prof. Paul Davis
Dozent: Prof. Paul Davis
Tutor: Wilm Thoben


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Veranstaltungstyp: Seminar
Umfang: 2 SWS
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