Circuit Building for Sound Makers: Oscillators, Amplifiers and Distortion Circuits (MCO4131.01)

Thessia Machado

In this course students will learn how to use simple and inexpensive logic-integrated chips to build synthesizers, amplifiers and distortion pedals for performance or sound installations. The class will cover the types and uses of electronic components and strategies for interaction. Using the classic Nicolas Collins book Handmade Electronic Music as a source, students will build their own instruments, sonic objects or installations. In the best DIY tradition students are encouraged to augment their projects with found and harvested components and other functional or structural parts from discarded electronics. We will look at the history of circuit building for sound, from the pioneers to contemporary practitioners.

This will be a synchronous remote class. There will be assignments to prototype outside of class and one-on-one sessions for troubleshooting and feedback. Students are expected to create and develop a functioning circuit by the end of the term. This class is open to all who want to explore the wonderful world of handmade circuits. No previous experience with electronics needed.

Learning Outcomes:

Delivery Method: Entirely remote (synchronous)
Prerequisites:Permission of Instructor. For registration, please send an email to
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 2
M 1:40PM - 5:20PM (1st seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: All courses , Composition , Entirely Remote
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