[CM] WACM '11

David Cope howell at ucsc.edu
Tue Mar 8 16:43:11 PST 2011

Dear Colleague,

The ninth Workshop in Algorithmic Computer Music (WACM) 
will take place from June 20 through July 3, 2011 at the 
University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). The workshop 
will be held at UCSC's Digital Arts Research 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 
study Markov-based rules techniques, genetic algorithms, 
and software modeled on the Experiments in Musical 
Intelligence program. Many compositional approaches will 
be discussed in detail including rules-based techniques, 
data-driven models, fuzzy logic, mathematical modeling, 
and sonification. Music analysis software and techniques 
will also be covered in depth. Software programs such as 
Max and Open Music 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.  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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