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Selected Topics in Sound Studies: Interactive Audio/Video Design

This seven-week course is open to all musicians, composers, and artists who are interested in using the computer to create interactive, multimedia performance and improvisation environments. Designed for those without prior programming experience, this course will teach the visual programming software Max [formerly known as Max/MSP, designed by Cycling ‘74]. Students will learn Max’s fundamental functions and practice concepts that can be extended to create original interactive tools. While the course will focus on generating and manipulating sound, the use of video will also be included. Students will need a laptop with the ability to install and run Max [available for $10/month]. Open to first-year students. No prerequisites.

Course Number

MUSI 250 B1


Wu, Yiheng Y.



Course Format


Course Format Description

Asynchronous activities include recorded lectures, readings, and project work. Students will meet weekly with a class “buddy” to practice new skills at a time they schedule themselves. Assigned course time (2x/week) will be used for synchronous virtual or in-person meetings to program, test, and troubleshoot. Demos will be recorded for those unable to attend.

Time Slot

Mid Afternoon



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