The New School for
Jazz and Contemporary Music

MIDI Systems

Whether the context is composition or improvisation, MIDI is a language vital to the creativity and productivity of more and more musicians today. This course takes the student on a tour of the basics of music sequencing. It begins with an explanation of MIDI: how it enables computers and synthesizers to “talk” to one another and how it is incorporated into the traditional multi-track recording studio. The student is taught how to program both ends of this computer-synth conversation through the use of sequencing software. With these skills, students then explore how this technology can be used in the creation of song demos, horn arrangements, complex orchestrations, and “music minus one” accompaniments for practicing purposes. No prior computer or electronic music experience is necessary. This is a limited enrollment class. Prerequisite: second semester of Theory I. 2 credits (Fall only)

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