MUS 207: Music, Science and Computers

An investigation into the historical, conceptual and aesthetic relationships among music, science and technology, leading to current possibilities in music technology. Focuses on the use of computers in music composition, analysis and synthesis of sound, and also (for some students) an introduction to 20th century music and non-Western music. An introduction to acoustics (including harmonic series, Fourier analysis, resonance), Western and non-Western tuning systems, digital audio, sampling theory and aliasing. Introduction to psychoacoustics. Digitization as an approximation of reality—what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Open to all students. There are no prerequisites for this class, but some knowledge of music and/or math/computers is extremely useful.

About the instructor
Andrew Schloss has been a Juno Awards judge in the “World Music” category for several years and has been a consultant to the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies. As a percussionist and computer musician, he has performed with such legendary figures as Tito Puente, Chucho Valdés, Rickie Lee Jones, Joe Jackson, Hilario Durán and Jovino Santos Neto.

He is also co-founder of Fundamento Productions, which has released two classics of Cuban music: Ilú Añá and ¡Afrocubanismo! He has also served as the artistic director of the internationally acclaimed ¡Afrocubanismo! Festival at the Banff Centre for the Arts.