Intuitive Electronics for Sound (MSR4262.01)

Jen Kutler

This course offers a hands-on introduction to electronic components, oscillators, sound transduction and MIDI from an artistic perspective. Students will be guided through theory, construction and/or modification of their own set of electronic sound instruments. Areas of study will include noise generators, MIDI controllers, ambient RF transducers, converting speakers into powered microphones, hacking found objects and in depth discussion of meaningful methods of human interaction with electronics. At the end of the term, students will perform or record a piece with their new hand made tools.

Course materials are estimated to cost $60 per student. Students should check at the College bookstore for availability of these materials.

Learning Outcomes:
Students will come away from the course with soldering skills, basic understanding of electronic components and how they work, general knowledge of the physics of sound transduction, rudimentary Arduino programming, several of their own unique handmade instruments, and a solid foundation for future electronics projects.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Send an email to Music coordinator Gina Deibel via, expressing your interest in the course.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
Th 1:40PM - 5:20PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency:

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