|Lecture:||Wed 2:00 - 4:30, AVW-4456|
|Required Materials:||Strunk & White: The Elements of Style|
|Phillips: A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel|
|Anything by Bach, or any Beethoven symphony #3 or later|
|Professor:||Bruce L. Jacob, Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering|
|Office:||1325 A.V. Williams Building|
|Office Hours:||Open door policy (for now ...)|
Course Handouts and General Information:
|Week||Slides||Topic/s||Readings for Following Week||Composition Projects for Following Week|
|Lecture1.tgz||Overview, some examples,|
what is "good" content?
|Eno: The Long Now|
Naipaul: Reading & Writing
Jacob: Algorithmic Composition
|Intro to desktop publishing,|
Form as Content (Macro-level).
Demo: Apple's Pages
In any application, create company letterhead |
(or personal letterhead) and business card.
Email me a 1-page PDF file.
|Form as Content (Micro-level).|
Demo: Apple's Pages,
|The Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation|
If interested, check out Ligature Schmigature
Improve upon your letterhead and business card.|
Email me a 1-page PDF file.
|How to give a good talk.|
Demo: Apple's Keynote
|Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon|
(see some background on the album if interested)
Byrne & Eno: My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
(see transcriptions of the songs if interested)
CD cover (front/back) or two-page magazine spread.|
Do at least one thing that cannot be done in Pages.
Email me a PDF file.
|Lecture5.tgz||Audio I/O basics,|
musique concrete and the use of
ambient sound in music.
Demo: Amadeus II
|Pink Floyd: The Wall|
(an analysis of the album/movie [not mine])
Yes: Fragile, "Roundabout"
Yes: Close to the Edge
Record (or find) 3 water, 3 voice, and 3 mechanical|
sounds; put into a single file, linear form.
Email me an mp3 file.
|Intellectual content in music, part I,|
Melodic themes in Pink Floyd's The Wall.
Demo: Apple's GarageBand
|Yes: Close to the Edge,
"Close to the Edge" (again)|
Yes: Tales from Topographic Oceans,
"The Revealing Science of God - Dance of the Dawn"
Jacob: "Under the Ceiling of Sky"
Use your nine sounds from asst4 to create your own |
musique concrete. Use only the nine sounds from asst4.
(but you need not use them all)
Email me an mp3 file (try to keep it under 2-3 minutes long).
|Lecture7.tgz||Intellectual content in music II, Thematic|
development in Yes's Close to the Edge
and Tales from Topographic Oceans.
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
ELO: Out of the Blue
Improve upon your concrete from the last assignment.|
You may refine what you have and/or add to what you have
(including the addition of new audio and/or instruments).
Email me an mp3 file, or bring a GarageBand file to class.
|Cancelled -- make up on May 18|
|Multitrack recording, MIDI orchestration,|
audio processing & multi-effects units,
basic sound engineering.
Demo: Apple's GarageBand, take II
|Dynamics analysis - this site contains|
an incredibly in-depth, well-done analysis
of several dozen albums; well worth a look.
Create a multi-part (instrument) MIDI composition.|
Use at least 8 parts. All phrases must be derived
from a set of no more than three basic phrases.
Email me an mp3 or bring a GarageBand file to class.
|Lecture9.tgz||Audio wrap-up. Intro to digital cameras &|
photography, CCDs & SLRs, edge
sharpening, histograms, and color
Demo: Apple's iPhoto '05
|Ultimate in hi-res photography -
You really must|
check this out ... truly mind-boggling resolution.
Shoot (or find) 3 water, 3 people, and 3 mechanical photos.|
Email me the files (reduced to < 3MB if necessary).
|Lecture10.tgz||Guest Lecturer: Axel Persaud, Axpressions|
(principles of portrait photography, Photoshop)
General hints on producing good photos.
Demo: Apple's iPhoto '05
Improve your pictures from previous assignment,|
using> Photoshop or iPhoto (or similar), and put
the sequence of before/after shots into a movie.
Email me the quicktime movie.
|Lecture11.tgz||Guest Lecturer: Eric Schurr, UMCP (no show)|
Bicubic resampling, Fake photography (i.e. 3D
modeling, a *really* basic intro), A well-known
example of minimalism at work.
Demo: Book-building in iPhoto '05
Use Pandromeda's world-rendering software to create|
a realistic (but unreal) lanscape, and populate it
with some sign of habitation (e.g. with Photoshop).
Email me the picture.
|(Lecture 12 is |
so i haven't
put it up;
sorry -- email
me for a copy)
|Guest Lecturer: Hawk & Ananth, Applegeeks|
(2D Illustration using Flash and Photoshop)
3D modeling in more depth, Intro to video
Shoot (or find) 3 water, 3 people, and 3 mechanical|
videos (no more than 10 secsonds each).
Bring the files to class.
the iMovie I made
in class (and after).
(best as half-size)
See me if you want
the iMovie project,
or the full-res
QT movie (250MB).
|Guest Lecturer: Pete Hatzakos, Naval Media Ctr|
(principles of video, producing good content)
Video, take II (editing).
Demo: Apple's iMovie
Create a movie out of your clips and still images.|
Use your audio assignments for audio tracks (you may
keep the ambient audio of the video clips).
animation of my
son & daughter
in our basement.
|Guest Lecturer: Chris Butcher, Penn Camera|
(principles of in-the-field photography)
The role/s of audio in video, Quicktime animation.
Demo: Apple's iDVD and Final Cut Express
Improve your movie from previous assignment.|
Burn a DVD and bring it to class.
|Guest Lecturer: Matt Kirschenbaum, UMCP|
(putting media in perspective, looking forward)
Last-minute thoughts & rants.