Spring 2011»CSCI 180 Homework 3

CSCI 180 Homework 3

Assigned Date: Monday, Apr. 4, 2011
Due Date: Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2011
Due Time: 8:55am

Last modified on April 07, 2011, at 10:10 AM (see updates)

This is a solo assignment (i.e., you must work by yourself). You may discuss the assignment only with the instructor.


This assignment focuses on:

  • listrening to contemporary music
  • analyzing and describing sound aesthetics and attributes
  • exploring musical piece structure as a preamble to musical composition


Read about John Chowning.

Listen to John Chowning, "Stria" (1977).

Then do the following:

  • On a blank piece of paper, create a sonicspace (a visual map) of the form of the piece (how sound evolves in the piece), and also any interesting sonic events that occur. Describe these events. Also note of when they occur in time (use the long edge of the page as the time line - i.e., from 0 to 5:12).
  • Also, describe the aesthetics of the piece, how it makes you feel (overall, and possibly at specific points in time).
  • Use any symbols you want to create your visual language (e.g., curves with or without color, geometric shapes, etc.) to create your map.
  • Obviously, you will have to listen to the piece a few times to begin understanding its structure better.



You will submit your assignment to the instructor at the beginning of class on the due date.


Your grade will be based on how well you followed the above instructions, and the depth/quality of your work.

Credit: Michael McGraw provided the Meneghini (2003) reference.