What You’ll Learn

Play With Your Music MOOC 101

  • WEEK 1 – Listening Critically to Timbre and Space in Recordings

    • Nov. 4 – Project content emails begin to arrive in your inbox
    • Nov. 9 – 9am EST – Live Interview – Alex Case – On Space and Timbre as Creative Dimensions of Music
    • Alex Case has dedicated his professional life to the study of aesthetics, perception, signal processing, electro-acoustics and room acoustics for the creation and enjoyment of recorded music.An Associate Professor of Sound Recording Technology, Case leads classes, sessions and research with undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. An active member of the Audio Engineering Society, and a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, Case is an engineer, educator, and author who speaks frequently on audio and acoustics across the United States and worldwide. With degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Music, and Acoustics, Professor Case lives and works at the intersection of art and science.

    WEEK 2 – Listening Critically for Musical Structures in Recordings

    • Nov. 15 – Project content emails begin to arrive in your inbox
    • Nov. 16 – 9am EST – Live Interview – Phil Galdston – On Musical Structure in SongwritingPhil Galdston s a songwriter/producer whose work has appeared on nearly 70 million records worldwide, in recordings by artists ranging from Celine Dion to Sheryl Crow, from Aaron Neville to Beyoncé, from Brandy to Esperanza Spalding. Among his many successes is Save the Best For Last, recorded by Vanessa Williams, which simultaneously topped Billboard’s three major charts, was nominated for a GRAMMY® as Song of the Year, and was ASCAP’s Song of the Year. Phil is the recipient of the Grand Prize of the American Song Festival, the Time For Peace Award, two Nashville Songwriters’ Association citations, Cable ACE and DOVE Award nominations, four ASCAP awards, and five GRAMMY® nominations. His work has appeared on fourteen GRAMMY®- nominated or winning recordings. He speaks on intellectual property rights and is an active member of both ASCAP and The Recording Academy. He was Songwriter-in-Residence at the Berklee College of Music and was appointed the first member of the Songwriting Faculty at NYUSteinhardt and the first Faculty Songwriter-in-Residence in NYU’s history. He is the curator, and moderator of the SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME MASTER SESSIONS AT NYU and co-curates/moderates the Steinhardt School’s FRIDAY@1, a weekly series of conversations with luminaries in music.

    WEEK 3  – Reconstructing a Mix

    • Nov. 22 – Project content emails begin to arrive in your inbox
    • Nov. 23 – 9am EST – Live Interview – Paul Geluso – On the Multitrack Production ProcessPaul Geluso’s work focuses on the theoretical, practical and artistic aspects of sound recording and reproduction. He is a sound recordist, mixer, and engineer who collaborates with musicians and media artists using sound as a creative medium. He has worked in many areas of sound and music production being credited as engineer, producer, composer, and musician on CD and 5.1 surround sound DVD releases in addition to film, video, sound installation, performance and broadcast television soundtracks since 1992. He is currently developing new ways to capture, mix, and process 3D audio for playback on multi-channel sound systems. This work was presented at the 131st Audio Engineering convention in New York City. Prior to being full-time faculty at NYU, he taught classes in music production and technology at Bard College and the Peabody Institute in addition to directing the Stephen F. Temmer Tonmeister Seminar here at NYU. Geluso received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1988 and a Master of Music in Music Technology from New York University in 2000.

    WEEK 4 – Working Musically with Sound Effects in a DAW

    • Nov. 29 – Project content emails begin to arrive in your inbox
    • Nov. 30 – 9am EST – Live Interview – Alex Case – On the Musical Uses of Effects in Recorded MusicAlex Case has dedicated his professional life to the study of aesthetics, perception, signal processing, electro-acoustics and room acoustics for the creation and enjoyment of recorded music.An Associate Professor of Sound Recording Technology, Case leads classes, sessions and research with undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. An active member of the Audio Engineering Society, and a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, Case is an engineer, educator, and author who speaks frequently on audio and acoustics across the United States and worldwide. With degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Music, and Acoustics, Professor Case lives and works at the intersection of art and science.

    WEEK 5 – Working with MIDI in the DAW

    • Dec. 6 – Project content emails begin to arrive in your inbox
    • Dec. 7 – 9am EST – Live Interview – Tae Hong Park – On Creative Approaches to Computer and Electronic MusicTae Hong Park is a composer, music technologist, and bassist. His work focuses on composition of electro-acoustic and acoustic music, machine learning and computer-aided music analysis, research in multi-dimensional aspects of timbre, and audio digital signal processing. Dr. Park has presented his music at national and international conferences and festivals including Bourges, ICMC, MATA, SCIMF, and SEAMUS. Among the ensembles and performers that have played his work are the Brentano String Quartet, California E.A.R. Unit, Edward Carroll, Ensemble Surplus, Zoe Martlew, Nash Ensemble of London, and the Tarab Cello Ensemble. Professor Park is author of Introduction to Digital Signal Processing: Computer Musically Speaking (World Scientific, 2010). He is the Chief Editor of Journal SEAMUS, serves as Editiorial Consultant for Computer Music Journal, and is President of the International Computer Music Association (ICMA). He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University.

    WEEK 6 – Making Your Original Remix

    • Dec. 13 – Project content emails begin to arrive in your inbox
    • Dec. 14 – Live Interview  – TBA
    • Dec. 20 – Post your original remix to the PWYM SoundCloud Group

    A more detailed outline of our curriculum can be found here.

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