Only Audacity Assignment Info

Today, we began working with the program Audacity, perhaps the most important program to be released in the past few years with regards to education (largely because it is free and multiplatform).

Your first assignment is a deceptively short one: create a composition that lasts no more than 10 seconds using the provided audio samples. It is deceptive in that you will likely find yourself spending many hours playing and working (and enjoying) the software…

Here are the parameters:
1. The piece must be exactly 10 seconds or under; 10.25 seconds would be too long. You must use the provided samples and you cannot add any audio (no extra recording or samplint).
2. The piece should be interesting and musical, so spend some time playing and listening.
3. You should take advantage of digital signal processing; adjusting any and every parameter to find new sounds within the tight limits we have given you.
4. Your final piece must be submitted in MP3 format. In order to accomplish that, you’ll need to download the LAME library, links to which can be found on the download page for each platform on the audacity page (in other words, when you go to download, select Macintosh or Windows, and on that page you will find an additional link for the LAME library).
5. The final piece is due at 7 p.m. on Sunday. You are expected to work on this assignment at home as well as in class!

Adam and I will bundle all the assignments and share them back in class next week.

I have created a zip archive which you can download here. In order to use it, you need
Audacity 1.3.2 or later. Download audacity here.

We will not go into extreme depth regarding digital audio or sound. There are a number of good tutorials for Audacity that you should check or read from home depending on your background and interests. There are also several courses offered here at the university that get heavily into acoustics and sound using electronics and digital audio that you could consider taking. Our purpose in this course is to make sure that you have an understanding of the manipulation of audio via computers, and to present several projects that work well with students.

We will also look at several artists who make extensive use of manipulated audio in their music. Today, we heard two tracks from Matmos. Of course, on your own, you may want to see more or more, or some of the more dance oriented work, or a brief interview (from YouTube). If you want something more traditionally musical, you can see how they create a percussive/static-oriented accompaniment to a song by Björk in a live performance of her song “Cocoon”.

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