Spring, 2019 Assignments
Assignments are due on specified date
Read Wiimote article in course pack
Midterm exam is due 6 pm Monday, March 11. Upload your document through Canvas.
Read: project report on Sonic Pyramid
Watch: Sonic Pyramid video
Read: in Reason manual, chapter on NN19, pp. 985-1005
Read in course pack: "The griDJ MIDI grid system" and Watch video
Read: Mark Goldstein on mallet controllers
Lab: Do Max Tutorials:
Data: List Processing (long!)
Basics: Encapsulation, Remote Messaging, Timing, Controlling Data Flow
Lab: continue to work on Max patch (or start over), make it better and bulletproof
Lab: Create an original Max patch using the MPD or keyboard, linked to Reason. Remap notes and controllers as you like in Max.
Read: Roberto Aimi’s PowerPoint presentation, sensors4music2008.ppt.htm
Read: article on variable resistors
Read: Electronics Club article on switches: http://electronicsclub.info/switches.htm
Read: Article on Sharp IR sensors: http://www.acroname.com/robotics/info/articles/sharp/sharp.html
Read: Analog Devices paper on capacitive sensing on site
Read: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/8607 (no longer available there, but available elsewhere)
Read:https://www.sparkfun.com/products/8678 (no longer available there, but available elsewhere)
Read: sensorsandcircuits.pdf, through page 10, EEs read to page 24
Do: Go through Gesture/sensor/parameter list posted on site (and in EMID Resources on lab computers): think of sensors for each movement. Fill in the list and e-mail it to the instructor before 6 pm, Monday.
Read: in course pack, “Sample Solutions” (the pages are in the wrong order--the first page is last!)
Read: in Reason Operation Manual, chapter 42, starts p. 985.
Lab Do Max Tutorials.
Open Max, go to Help>reference>Home icon>Max Tutorials (lower left or middle of screen)
• Max Basics Tutorial 1-8 (through keyboard and mouse input)
• Max MIDI Tutorial 1-3
Be careful not to save over Tutorial patches!! (use Save As... if you want to save them)
If you would like your own copy of Max, there's a 30-day free trial at
This is Max 7, which is the version we're using. Max 8 is too recent for us to have tested it adequately.
Read: in course pack, Leon Gruenbaum's paper on the Samchillian
Lab: do something with MPD and editor and one or (preferably) more Reason modules.
Read: in course pack, "Synth School"
Read: Reason manual, chapter 42, p. 985
Lab: Make a Subtractor patch, starting from default patch, that uses the keyboard controls (mod wheel, knobs, etc.) in an interesting way.
Read on computers: Reason 5 Getting Started, chapter 3/p.28 (ignore the parts about the sequencer)
Read on computers: Reason Operation manual, chapter 34/p.815.
Visit and watch videos: https://www.newmusicusa.org/profile/smomid/
Nick Dempoulos will be playing Wednesday night at The Outpost in Inman Square, starting at around 9:00.
Read in course pack or online Lehrman: SoundOnSound / Report on NIME 2005
Read in course pack, Lehrman: Performing Musician / NIME 2009
Visit these sites:
Due Jan 28, 6 pm through Canvas
Make a table of physical gestures. Include at least three gestures for each of these parts of the body:
Head Mouth Neck & Shoulders Arms Hands & Fingers Torso & Hips Legs FeetColumns on the table are:
musical gesture in common use (can be more than one)
musical gesture you can imagine (can be more than one)
Blank table is on Canvas. Submit your answers to Canvas by Monday 6 pm!
Read in course pack: Profile: Michel Waisvisz
Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1L-mVGqug4 (through 6:30)
Download and Read: What Is MIDI, read pp 1-12 (through The Command Set, or keep going!)
• Wilkinson chapters 1 ("Musical Physics" pp 2-5) and 2 ("Synthesis" pp 9-15, up to "Physical Modeling"). Even if you have read this for another class, it's good to review it anyway!(also on line here)
• "Bikes Harps & Yo-Yos " (also on line here)
• “Laserharp" (also online here)
Read online: http://mentalfloss.com/article/59118/10-obscure-electronic-musical-instruments
Watch this video interview with Prof. Lehrman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4Ms3y3aZ4M