Introduction to Interactive Audio

computer with audio program open and keyboard below
Monday & Wednesday 1:00 – 2:50 PM
Course Number
Music 109CA
Number of Units
Instructor Name
Kramer Elwell and Raphael Radna
Scholarship/s Available

Introduction to Interactive Audio is a project-based course taught using Max, a visual programming environment for music and multimedia. Through Max, students will explore the ways personal computing, digital media, and real-time interactivity have changed the way that computer-based composers, producers, and performers practice their crafts and expand artistic boundaries. Supported by a survey of significant projects in the field, students will broaden their own creative practices by investigating issues related to interactive music technology and applying that knowledge in self-directed final projects. Students will reflect on the human-computer relationship, develop a creative practice, and learn concepts in music technology. This course also serves as an introduction to programming, as students will create original software projects. Some course topics include object-oriented programming, computational thinking, and interface design; as well as software instrument creation, creative applications of feedback processes, and the fundamentals of real-time digital audio and related modalities of interaction. No previous music technology or programming experience is required.

This course is part of the Creative Computing Initiative, and offers scholarships of $1,000 to help offset the unit fees, with the potential for more for those students in need. To apply, please prepare a 300-500 word essay explaining why are you interested in a course, specifically, and/or the Creative Computing Initiative, generally. You may also share any information about pressing financial need, though this is optional. Use your UCSB NetID to log in to the scholarship application portal and upload your essay for consideration. Scholarship applications will be accepted until May 15 (for Session A courses) or July 24 (for Session B courses). Award decisions will be made on a rolling basis. Students may also be eligible to receive more than one scholarship when taking more than one Creative Computing course.