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  • Jeffrey Elkner, Allen B. Downey and Chris Meyers (2008), "How to Think Like a Computer Scientist -- Learning with Python)", 2nd ed., The Open Book Project.
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  • Jeffrey Elkner, Allen B. Downey and Chris Meyers (2008), "How to Think Like a Computer Scientist - Learning with Python)", 2nd ed., The Open Book Project.
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  • Jeffrey Elkner, Allen B. Downey and Chris Meyers (2008), "How to Think Like a Computer Scientist -- Learning with Python)", 2nd ed., The Open Book Project.
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  • Download Python (for Windows or Mac OS X), and Python Imaging Library (PIL) (for Windows or Mac OS X).
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  • Download Python (for Windows or Mac OS X), and Python Imaging Library (PIL) (for Windows or Mac OS X).
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  1. Straight No Chaser A Cappella Dreaming: 10 Voices, One Shot The a cappella group Straight No Chaser has taken a not-so-straight path to a five-album recording contract. The members, now mostly in their 30s, began singing in the act while undergraduates at Indiana University.
  2. reactable The reactable hardware is based on a translucent, round multi-touch surface. A camera situated beneath the table, continuously analyzes the surface, tracking the player's finger tips and the nature, position and orientation of physical objects that are distributed on its surface. These objects represent the components of a classic modular synthesizer, the players interact by moving these objects, changing their distance, orientation and the relation to each other. These actions directly control the topological structure and parameters of the sound synthesizer. A projector, also from underneath the table, draws dynamic animations on its surface, providing a visual feedback of the state, the activity and the main characteristics of the sounds produced by the audio synthesizer.
    • See reactable live YouTube video.
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  1. reactable The reactable hardware is based on a translucent, round multi-touch surface. A camera situated beneath the table, continuously analyzes the surface, tracking the player's finger tips and the nature, position and orientation of physical objects that are distributed on its surface. These objects represent the components of a classic modular synthesizer, the players interact by moving these objects, changing their distance, orientation and the relation to each other. These actions directly control the topological structure and parameters of the sound synthesizer. A projector, also from underneath the table, draws dynamic animations on its surface, providing a visual feedback of the state, the activity and the main characteristics of the sounds produced by the audio synthesizer.
    • See reactable live YouTube video.
  2. Straight No Chaser A Cappella Dreaming: 10 Voices, One Shot The a cappella group Straight No Chaser has taken a not-so-straight path to a five-album recording contract. The members, now mostly in their 30s, began singing in the act while undergraduates at Indiana University.
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  • Here is an alternate take on instrument making.
  1. A Cappella Dreaming: 10 Voices, One Shot The a cappella group Straight No Chaser has taken a not-so-straight path to a five-album recording contract. The members, now mostly in their 30s, began singing in the act while undergraduates at Indiana University.
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  1. reactable The reactable hardware is based on a translucent, round multi-touch surface. A camera situated beneath the table, continuously analyzes the surface, tracking the player's finger tips and the nature, position and orientation of physical objects that are distributed on its surface. These objects represent the components of a classic modular synthesizer, the players interact by moving these objects, changing their distance, orientation and the relation to each other. These actions directly control the topological structure and parameters of the sound synthesizer. A projector, also from underneath the table, draws dynamic animations on its surface, providing a visual feedback of the state, the activity and the main characteristics of the sounds produced by the audio synthesizer.
    • See reactable live YouTube video.
  2. Straight No Chaser A Cappella Dreaming: 10 Voices, One Shot The a cappella group Straight No Chaser has taken a not-so-straight path to a five-album recording contract. The members, now mostly in their 30s, began singing in the act while undergraduates at Indiana University.
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  1. A Cappella Dreaming: 10 Voices, One Shot The a cappella group Straight No Chaser has taken a not-so-straight path to a five-album recording contract. The members, now mostly in their 30s, began singing in the act while undergraduates at Indiana University.
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  • Here is an alternate take on instrument making.
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  • Here is an alternate take on instrument making.
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  • PLOrk: Princeton Laptop Orchestra (Fox News) YouTube clip, Dan Trueman: Silicon/Carbon, and PLOrk website.
  • PLorK MP3 recordings.
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  • See PLOrk: Princeton Laptop Orchestra (Fox News) YouTube clip, Dan Trueman: Silicon/Carbon, and PLOrk website.
  • Listen to PLorK MP3 recordings.
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  • Also PLOrk: Princeton Laptop Orchestra (Fox News) YouTube clip, Dan Trueman: Silicon/Carbon, and PLOrk website.
  • And PLorK MP3 recordings.
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  • PLOrk: Princeton Laptop Orchestra (Fox News) YouTube clip, Dan Trueman: Silicon/Carbon, and PLOrk website.
  • PLorK MP3 recordings.
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  • Also PLOrk: Princeton Laptop Orchestra (Fox News) YouTube clip, Dan Trueman: Silicon/Carbon, and PLOrk website.
  • And PLorK MP3 recordings.
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  • Also see the miniAudicle - a light-weight integrated development environment for the ChucK digital audio programming language.
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  • Also see the miniAudicle - a light-weight integrated development environment for the ChucK digital audio programming language.
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  • ChucK is a new (and developing) audio programming language for real-time synthesis, composition, performance, and now, analysis - fully supported on MacOS X, Windows, and Linux.
  • Also see the miniAudicle - a light-weight integrated development environment for the ChucK digital audio programming language.
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and ISMIR 2008 concert program-].

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and ISMIR 2008 concert program-].

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  • Test 1: TBA
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  • Test 1: Thursday, October 2, 2008
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  1. PLOrk The Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk) is a newly established ensemble of computer-based musical meta-instruments. Each instrument consists of a laptop, a multi-channel hemispherical speaker, and a variety of control devices (keyboards, graphics tablets, sensors, etc.).
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  1. PLOrk The Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk) is a newly established ensemble of computer-based musical meta-instruments. Each instrument consists of a laptop, a multi-channel hemispherical speaker, and a variety of control devices (keyboards, graphics tablets, sensors, etc.).
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  • Also PLOrk: Princeton Laptop Orchestra (Fox News) YouTube clip, and ISMIR 2008 concert program.
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  • Also PLOrk: Princeton Laptop Orchestra (Fox News) YouTube clip, and ISMIR 2008 concert program.
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  1. PLOrk The Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk) is a newly established ensemble of computer-based musical meta-instruments. Each instrument consists of a laptop, a multi-channel hemispherical speaker, and a variety of control devices (keyboards, graphics tablets, sensors, etc…). The students who make up the ensemble act as performers, researchers, composers, and software developers. The challenges are many: what kinds of sounds can we create? how can we physically control these sounds? how do we compose with these sounds? There are also social questions with musical and technical ramifications: how do we organize a dozen players in this context? with a conductor? via a wireless network?
    • Also PLOrk: Princeton Laptop Orchestra (Fox News) YouTube clip.
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  1. PLOrk The Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk) is a newly established ensemble of computer-based musical meta-instruments. Each instrument consists of a laptop, a multi-channel hemispherical speaker, and a variety of control devices (keyboards, graphics tablets, sensors, etc.).
    • Also PLOrk: Princeton Laptop Orchestra (Fox News) YouTube clip, and ISMIR 2008 concert program.
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  1. fracta Intro to Fractals from Wikipedia.
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  1. fractal Intro to Fractals from Wikipedia.
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  1. PLOrk The Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk) is a newly established ensemble of computer-based musical meta-instruments. Each instrument consists of a laptop, a multi-channel hemispherical speaker, and a variety of control devices (keyboards, graphics tablets, sensors, etc…). The students who make up the ensemble act as performers, researchers, composers, and software developers. The challenges are many: what kinds of sounds can we create? how can we physically control these sounds? how do we compose with these sounds? There are also social questions with musical and technical ramifications: how do we organize a dozen players in this context? with a conductor? via a wireless network?
    • Also PLOrk: Princeton Laptop Orchestra (Fox News) YouTube clip.
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  1. Paper prototyping - what is it?
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  1. Yue-Ling Wong, Digital Media Primer - interactive tutorials.
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  1. Yue-Ling Wong, Digital Media Primer.
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(:note Sep. 2, 2008: |Homework #1 is now posted.:)

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(:note Sep. 2, 2008: |Homework #1 is now posted.:)

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  • fracta Intro to Fractals from Wikipedia.
  • CofC Library resources related to Computers, Music, and Art.
  • Phonautogram Researchers play song recorded before Edison. The 10-second recording of a singer crooning the folk song “Au Clair de la Lune” was discovered earlier this month in an archive in Paris by a group of American audio historians. It was made, the researchers say, on April 9, 1860, on a phonautograph, a machine designed to record sounds visually, not to play them back. But the phonautograph recording, or phonautogram, was made playable — converted from squiggles on paper to sound — by scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif.
  • TED | Speakers | John Maeda Simply, John Maeda The MIT Media Lab's John Maeda lives at the intersection of technology and art -- a place that can get very complicated. Here, he talks about paring down to basics, and how he creates clean, elegant art, websites and web tools. In his book Laws of Simplicity, he offers 10 rules and 3 keys for simple living and working -- but in this talk, he boils it down to one simply delightful way to be. (Recorded March 2007 in Monterey, California. Duration: 16:10.)
  • Richards R. (2001), "A New Aesthetic for Environmental Awareness: Chaos Theory, the Beauty of Nature, and our Broader Humanistic Identity". Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Vol. 41, No. 2, pp. 59-95.
  • Spehar, B., C.W.G. Clifford, B.R. Newell, and R.P. Taylor. (2003). "Universal Aesthetic of Fractals." Computers & Graphics, vol. 27, pp. 813-820.
  • Chazelle, B. (2006), "Could you iPod be Holding the Greatest Mystery in Modern Science?", Math Horizons, vol 13, April 2006. Algorithmic thinking is likely to cause the most disruptive paradigm shift in the sciences since quantum mechanics. The big ideas revolve around universality, duality, and self-reference.
  • Intro to Python
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  1. fracta Intro to Fractals from Wikipedia.
  2. An introduction to pair programming. This 9-minute video describes what pair programming is, the do's and don'ts of effective pairing, and the pros and cons of pair programming. Here is the accompanying worksheet.
  3. CofC Library resources related to Computers, Music, and Art.
  4. Phonautogram Researchers play song recorded before Edison. The 10-second recording of a singer crooning the folk song “Au Clair de la Lune” was discovered earlier this month in an archive in Paris by a group of American audio historians. It was made, the researchers say, on April 9, 1860, on a phonautograph, a machine designed to record sounds visually, not to play them back. But the phonautograph recording, or phonautogram, was made playable — converted from squiggles on paper to sound — by scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif.
  5. TED | Speakers | John Maeda Simply, John Maeda The MIT Media Lab's John Maeda lives at the intersection of technology and art -- a place that can get very complicated. Here, he talks about paring down to basics, and how he creates clean, elegant art, websites and web tools. In his book Laws of Simplicity, he offers 10 rules and 3 keys for simple living and working -- but in this talk, he boils it down to one simply delightful way to be. (Recorded March 2007 in Monterey, California. Duration: 16:10.)
  6. Richards R. (2001), "A New Aesthetic for Environmental Awareness: Chaos Theory, the Beauty of Nature, and our Broader Humanistic Identity". Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Vol. 41, No. 2, pp. 59-95.
  7. Spehar, B., C.W.G. Clifford, B.R. Newell, and R.P. Taylor. (2003). "Universal Aesthetic of Fractals." Computers & Graphics, vol. 27, pp. 813-820.
  8. Chazelle, B. (2006), "Could you iPod be Holding the Greatest Mystery in Modern Science?", Math Horizons, vol 13, April 2006. Algorithmic thinking is likely to cause the most disruptive paradigm shift in the sciences since quantum mechanics. The big ideas revolve around universality, duality, and self-reference.
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this course is for you. You will explore the creative side of

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artifacts. You will learn about media modeling and computational thinking in the liberal arts and sciences. You will develop several digital artifacts. You will learn how to use computers to explore,

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artifacts. We will learn about media modeling and computational thinking in the liberal arts and sciences. We will develop several digital artifacts. We will learn how to use computers to explore,

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Description

A course introducing the creative side of computing in the context of music, sounds, images, and other digital artifacts. Students will be exposed to media modeling and computational thinking in the liberal arts and sciences. Students will develop several digital artifacts.

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Introduction

What do Einstein and da Vinci have in common? Each was an artist and a scientist. If you are interested in connecting your right (intuitive, visual, musical, artistic, innovative) brain to your left (rational, analytical, logical, sequential, and mathematical) brain, this course is for you. You will explore the creative side of computing in the context of music, sounds, images, and other digital artifacts. You will learn about media modeling and computational thinking in the liberal arts and sciences. You will develop several digital artifacts. You will learn how to use computers to explore, visualize, speculate, and invent.

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  • Chazelle, B. (2006), "Could you iPod be Holding the Greatest Mystery in Modern Science?", Math Horizons, vol 13, April 2006. Algorithmic thinking is likely to cause the most disruptive paradigm shift in the sciences since quantum mechanics. The big ideas revolve around universality, duality, and self-reference.
  • Intro to Python
    • Magnus Lie Hetland, Instant Hacking in Python (for non-programmers) and Instant Python (for programmers).
    • John Zelle, Teaching Computer Science with Python transparencies: one slide per page and four slides per page (PDF).
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  • Chazelle, B. (2006), "Could you iPod be Holding the Greatest Mystery in Modern Science?", Math Horizons, vol 13, April 2006. Algorithmic thinking is likely to cause the most disruptive paradigm shift in the sciences since quantum mechanics. The big ideas revolve around universality, duality, and self-reference.
  • Intro to Python
    • Magnus Lie Hetland, Instant Hacking in Python (for non-programmers) and Instant Python (for programmers).
    • John Zelle, Teaching Computer Science with Python transparencies: one slide per page and four slides per page (PDF).
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Readings and References

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Readings & References

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Artifacts & Rules

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Software

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Computers, Music and Art

When/Where

TR 9:25-10:40AM / ECTR 109

Description

A course introducing the creative side of computing in the context of music, sounds, images, and other digital artifacts. Students will be exposed to media modeling and computational thinking in the liberal arts and sciences. Students will develop several digital artifacts.

Course is open to all majors. No previous programming experience required.

  • Course syllabus
  • Student wiki for lecture notes (requires password, opens new window)

Test Dates

  • Test 1: TBA
  • Test 2: TBA
  • Final: 8-11am, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008

Assignments

Readings and References

  • Chazelle, B. (2006), "Could you iPod be Holding the Greatest Mystery in Modern Science?", Math Horizons, vol 13, April 2006. Algorithmic thinking is likely to cause the most disruptive paradigm shift in the sciences since quantum mechanics. The big ideas revolve around universality, duality, and self-reference.
  • Intro to Python
    • Magnus Lie Hetland, Instant Hacking in Python (for non-programmers) and Instant Python (for programmers).
    • John Zelle, Teaching Computer Science with Python transparencies: one slide per page and four slides per page (PDF).
  • Phonautogram Researchers play song recorded before Edison. The 10-second recording of a singer crooning the folk song “Au Clair de la Lune” was discovered earlier this month in an archive in Paris by a group of American audio historians. It was made, the researchers say, on April 9, 1860, on a phonautograph, a machine designed to record sounds visually, not to play them back. But the phonautograph recording, or phonautogram, was made playable — converted from squiggles on paper to sound — by scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif.
  • TED | Speakers | John Maeda Simply, John Maeda The MIT Media Lab's John Maeda lives at the intersection of technology and art -- a place that can get very complicated. Here, he talks about paring down to basics, and how he creates clean, elegant art, websites and web tools. In his book Laws of Simplicity, he offers 10 rules and 3 keys for simple living and working -- but in this talk, he boils it down to one simply delightful way to be. (Recorded March 2007 in Monterey, California. Duration: 16:10.)
  • fracta Intro to Fractals from Wikipedia.
  • Richards R. (2001), "A New Aesthetic for Environmental Awareness: Chaos Theory, the Beauty of Nature, and our Broader Humanistic Identity". Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Vol. 41, No. 2, pp. 59-95.
  • Spehar, B., C.W.G. Clifford, B.R. Newell, and R.P. Taylor. (2003). "Universal Aesthetic of Fractals." Computers & Graphics, vol. 27, pp. 813-820.

More References

  • Sounds - find sound effects and musical instrument samples.
  • Stock photos www.sxc.hu, morguefile.com.
  • Textures www.mayang.com/textures, www.imageafter.com, www.spiralgraphics.biz.
  • Color wheel for user interface design.
  • Color design rules - rules of thumb about color.

Software

  • Scratch environment intro video, and image effects video. Also Getting Started (PDF), and Reference Guide (PDF).
  • Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.
    • Here are some audio samples to play with: BaseLoop.mp3 (84K, 5 secs), DrumsLoop.mp3 (84K, 5 secs), Guitar1.mp3 (320K, 20 secs), and Guitar2.mp3 (240K, 15 secs).
  • Irfan View image viewer - a useful image manipulation utility.
  • Download Python (for Windows or Mac OS X), and Python Imaging Library (PIL) (for Windows or Mac OS X).