These courses are listed as DXARTS 461/2/3.
Please note that students will need to sign up for this course number, not MUSIC 401/2/3. Also be aware that the courses are titled "Digital Sound Synthesis," "Digital Sound Processing," and "Advanced Digital Sound Processing and Synthesis."
That said, the concepts, discipline, and awareness established in DXARTS 461-3 will be of value to individuals seeking to attain high quality and depth in their artistic pursuits in the above arenas.
Q. Can I do homework for DXARTS 461-2-3 on my own computer rather than in the Digital Arts Computer Center?
A. Yes. DXARTS 461-3 is taught using public domain research and composition tools, available for most computer platforms. You will be on your own in configuring your home system, though some hints are provided on the course web site and other members of the class often serve as helpful resources. However, students are encouraged to use the lab. While in the lab you have ready access to TA's and will find that your fellow students provide inspiration and assistance. It is very common that the best work in the class is done by students working in the lab.
Q. I've never programmed a computer / the most complex thing I've done with a computer is run a word processor. Should I take this class?
A. The course presumes that many persons in the class will have little or no familiarity with computer programming. However, you will need to have a comfort with computers and be able to adapt to them quickly. If computers are absolutely alien to you, you will probably find the class very difficult.
Q. I've never composed or played an instrument. Should I take this class?
A. The course presumes that many persons in the class will have little or no formal skills in music. In fact, students who do not have a lot of formal musical training often create some of the most interesting and creative work in the class.
Q. I'm a national expert in C++, PERL, and Java, wrote my own SQL query optimization tools using custom neural network algorithms, study DSP books for relaxation, and have a studio full of cool music equipment. Am I going to be bored in the class?
A. Only if you are also famous nationally as an expert composer of experimental Computer Music! Also, while Computer Music is based in part on fundamental computer programming and digital signal processing concepts, the uses and specific techniques can be very different from those found in other technology areas. As the course progresses, it will provide a flexible framework in which you can choose to challenge yourself technically and artistically at the level you desire.
Q. What does the computer code for this course look like?
A. Check out the class examples on the course web site.
DXARTS 461-3 has become increasingly popular in recent years, with more students applying that we can admit to the course and still have it function effectively.
If you still have questions about the course after reviewing the above materials, it is recommended that you talk with Nicolas Varchausky, the DXARTS 463 TA. You can do this by e-mail (varchaus AT u DOT washington DOT edu).
If you decide not to take the course after completing the application, please email Joshua Parmenter (joshp AT u DOT washington DOT edu) so we know to remove you from consideration.
Deadline for applications is June 15. Application decisions will be notified after August 1st (please note that inquiries before this date will go unanswered). It is recommended that you register for a full slate of courses in addition to DXARTS 461 in case you are not admitted to the course.