Acoustic/Electronic (MCO4128.01)

Allen Shawn & Senem Pirler

In this course students will compose a substantial work for either solo, duo, or trio configurations, integrating acoustic and electronic elements together to create an electroacoustic piece.  This class will be co-taught by Allen Shawn and Senem Pirler. Students will learn and analyze electroacoustic pieces in the history of composition, and how to integrate electronics and digital processing with acoustic instrumentation. We will have critical listening sessions, discussion of the student compositions in progress, focusing particularly on the instrumental and electroacoustic components, and strategies of notating electroacoustic work. Compositions will be performed in a culminating concert.

Learning Outcomes:
The main objectives of the course are:
- To introduce ideas and techniques on electroacoustic composition and performance.
- To learn how to compose by incorporating acoustic and electronics in your artistic practice.
- To explore the discipline of notation to document one’s creative practice.
- To develop and refine a substantial composition over the course of 10-12 weeks
- To study significant works from recent music history and apply lessons learned from them to one's own work

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructors. Please send an e-mail to and to express interest by November 12.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 2
W 2:10PM - 4:00PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: All courses , Composition , Fully In-Person
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