David Cope howell at ucsc.edu
Thu Nov 5 10:28:11 PST 2009

Dear Colleague,

The seventh Workshop in Algorithmic Computer Music (WACM) 
will take place from June 21 through July 4, 2010 at the 
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). The workshop 
will be held at UCSC's Music Center, which features state 
of the art facilities as well as sweeping vistas of the 
Monterey Bay. David Cope, Paul Nauert, and Peter Elsea 
will be among those on hand to teach and advise workshop 
attendees. Participants will take classes on the basic 
techniques of algorithmic composition, algorithmic music 
analysis, and learning and using the computer programming 
language Lisp. Participants will create three significant 
software projects: a Markov-based rules program, a genetic 
algorithm, and software modeled on the Experiments in 
Musical Intelligence program. Music analysis software and 
techniques will also be covered in depth. Many 
compositional approaches will be discussed in detail 
including rules-based techniques, data-driven models, 
genetic algorithms, neural networks, fuzzy logic, 
mathematical modeling, and sonification. Software programs 
such as Common Music, Max, Open Music, and so on will also 
be presented and used.

The workshop is limited to 15 participants to ensure an 
excellent student/teacher ratio.

Each participant will receive a class reference manual, 
class software in source code, and other printed and 
software tools and guides relevant to the workshop's 
goals. Access to the world class computer music facilities 
at UCSC will allow performances and special lectures by 
invited guests. The workshop includes eight daily hours of 
individual computer time (with an advisor close at hand). 
Each week will culminate in performances of participant 
works and presentations of analysis and composition 
software. By the workshop's end, each participant will 
have gained facility with Lisp, have written compositional 
and analytical software programs, and be presented with a 
CD of the workshop's accomplishments.

Prospective students must have an ability to read music 
and understand basic music theory as well as have at least 
a basic facility with computers (text editing, etc.). 
Students need not be active musicians or programmers. Room 
and board is available on campus if desired. 5 quarter 
units of credit is available.


howell at ucsc.edu
WACM - Workshop in Algorithmic Computer Music

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