Interactive Music Systems

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MIT Course Number

21M.385 / 6.809 / 21M.585

As Taught In

Fall 2016


Undergraduate / Graduate

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Course Description

This course explores audio synthesis, musical structure, human computer interaction (HCI), and visual presentation for the creation of interactive musical experiences. Topics include audio synthesis; mixing and looping; MIDI sequencing; generative composition; motion sensors; music games; and graphics for UI, visualization, and aesthetics. Weekly programming assignments in python are included. Student teams build an original, dynamic, and engaging interactive music system for their final project.

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Eran Egozy. 21M.385 Interactive Music Systems. Fall 2016. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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