MUSI/DATT 3070/4070 – Electro-Acoustic Orchestra


DIGM 5070 – Interactive Media for Electro-Acoustic Orchestra

Course Syllabus for 3070/4070

Course Syllabus for 5070

gestures video

1/11 – Week 1: Intro/Orientation, Experimental Music History, EAO Overview, Text Piece: From Unknown Silences, Gestures: Whole group, groups, sudden enter/exit, fade in/out

Response #1: DVN-EAO – Works for the Winter Solstice   (due Monday Jan 17th by 12pm ET)

Etude #1: Instrumental Interventions

1/18 – Week 2: Reflection on R1 responses, Initial Max Instruments Overview, Audio Routing Tech Check, Gestures: pointillism, sustain, volume fader, density fader, continue, Performer Gestures: I don’t understand,  I can’t play that, please repeat

1/25 – Week 3:  Improvisation in 3 layers, Gestures: noise, tone, silence, rest of group

Response #2:

 video: Keith Rowe – prepared guitar 



Kim Casone – Gravity Handler

Pauline Oliveros – I of IV (excerpt)

Jean-Claude Risset – Mutations

Iannis Xenakis – Hibiki-Hana-Ma

Fennesz – Caecilia

Zeena Parkins & Ikue Mori – 39 Steps

Death Ambient (Kato Hideki, Ikue Mori, Fred Frith) – Prophecy

John Zorn – Cobra vol 2, Pendet and Penganggahan

Fred Frith – Throw the Bolt

2/1 – Week 4: Finalizing DM routing schemes, Gestures: with/this/and, change, rough, smooth, acoustic/electronic, pitch range

2/8 – Week 5: Assessing state of the “four basic sound groups”, Gestures: relate, hits, morph, duration

Etude #2: Solo Interpretation

2/15 Week 6: working with layers, Gestures: split faders/hits, Braxton hit

3/1 Week 7: revisiting composition/improvisation. movement and transition. Gestures:  develop, improvise, on/off, break, prepare, finish your idea

Etude #3: Transcription: Improvisation on Morphing/Sudden Sonic States Changes

3/8 Week 8: New Gran/FM patch overview, working with form/texture boundaries. Gestures: stab-freeze, scanlines, contrast

3/15 Week 9: Structure, repetition, return. Gestures:  launch mode, record-loop, memory, go back to/go on to, noise-tone fader

Response #3:


Mazen Kerbaj – live at High Zero

Otomo Yoshihide –  Tokyo Experimental Performance Archive

audio only:

Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble – Drawn Inward

two tracks: “Writing on Ice” and “Travel in the Homeland”

General Format for Responses (Four in Total)

Write a 1-page (500 word) response; this can take any shape, but below and separate from the main response, this should include a list of three questions that the content raised for you.  Please send me a pdf file that includes your name, course code (3070 or 4070),  and “R1/R2/R3/R4” (depending on the submission) within all digital documents and in the file name, and email them to me before the deadline. The responses are due on Mondays, but can be submitted anytime in advance of this.



AMM and MeV

John Zorn et al – Cobra (2002 recording)

Listening Grouping 1
Pauline Oliveros – I of IV
AMM – Later During a Flaming Riviera Sunset

Listening Grouping 2
the Hub – Simple Degradation and Stuck Note
John Cage – Williams Mix
Tom Erbe – Williams Mix, digital realization

Triple Point – Phase/Transitions (vol. 1)

Triple Point – Phase/Transitions (vol. 2)

Triple Point – Phase/Transitions (vol. 3)

Trevor Wishart – Red Bird
Trevor Wishart – Tongues of FireVox 5
Iannis Xenakis – La Legende d’Er
Iannis Xenakis – Persepolis
​Iannis Xenakis – Hibiki Hana-Ma
Iannis Xenakis – Metastasis

Listening Grouping 3
James Tenney – Saxophony
Phil Niblock – Didgeridoos and Don’ts
Francisco López – untitled #188

Listening Grouping 4
Autechre – Parhelic Triangle
Carsten Nicolai/Ryuichi Sakamoto – Duoon
Derek Bailey/John Stevens – Reflecters
Fennesz – Caecilia
John Butcher – Swan Style
Pan Sonic – Maa
Ryoji Ikeda – C7: Continuum
​Kaffe Matthews – Clean Tone Falling
​ Jem Finer – Longplayer 13.2.2003

Listening Grouping 5
Kim Cascone – Gravity Handler
Christian Marclay – Jukebox Capriccio
​Oval – –
​ Janet Cardiff – The Missing Voice
​ Morton Subotnick – Silver Apples of the Moon (pt 1)
​ Louis Dufour – Materio_*
Richard Devine – Partition Refinement
Gyorgi Ligeti – Atmospheres (Beyond the Infinite)
Kim Cascone – Mirror Test

Listening Grouping 6:

Kim Casone – Gravity Handler

Pauline Oliveros – I of IV (excerpt)

George Lewis – Voyager Duo 2

Jean-Claude Risset – Mutations

Iannis Xenakis – Hibiki-Hana-Ma

Anthony Braxton & Richard Teitelbaum – Behemoth Dreams

Fennesz – Caecilia

Zeena Parkins & Ikue Mori – 39 Steps

Death Ambient (Kato Hideki, Ikue Mori, Fred Frith) – Prophecy

MEV – Spacecraft

Eliane Radigue – Adnos I/II/III

John Chowning – Stria
​David Dunn: Chaos and the Emergent Mind of the Pond
David Dunn excerpts
Mark Fell – multistability
Fennesz – Endless Summer
Oren Ambarchi – Suspension
Terry Riley and the Poppy no Good Band
Pauline Oliveros in the arms of Reynols
Evan Parker / Keith Rowe, Dark Rags

Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble – Drawn Inward

John Zorn et al – Cobra (2002)
Parker / Guy / Casserley Trio
James Tenney – Having Never Written a Note for Percussion (tam-tams)

James Tenney – Having Never Written a Note for Percussion (Sonic Youth)

James  Tenney – Cellogram
James  Tenney – Beast

​​Steve Reich: 
Music for 18 Musicians
It’s gonna rain (about here)
Come Out (about here)​

Gerard Grisey – Partiels
Horațiu Rădulescu – Inner Time II
Helmut Lachenmann – Schreiben

Hildegard Westerkamp – Kits Beach Soundwalk
Francisco López – Untitled #281
(note: please sign up for the free SONM site to hear these pieces)


Alvin Lucier on a Lifetime of Experiments | Red Bull Music Academy
Malcolm Goldstein – solo violin improvisation
Keith Rowe – prepared guitar
Fred Frith & Otomo Yoshihide

Mazen Kerbaj


Landy, Leigh (ed.) Organised Sound, Cambridge University Press. 1996-2021.

Leonardo Music Journal, in general!

NIME Conference Proceedings (2001-2021). www.nime.org.

Cox, C., & Warner, D. (Eds.). (2017). Audio Culture, Revised Edition: Readings in Modern Music. Bloomsbury Publishing USA.

Bovermann, T., Campo, A. de, Egermann, H., Hardjowirogo, S.-I., & Weinzierl, S. (Eds.). (2016). Musical Instruments in the 21st Century: Identities, Configurations, Practices (1st ed. 2017 edition). New York, NY: Springer.

Cage, J. (2012). Silence: lectures and writings. Wesleyan University Press.

including: The Future of Music: Credo

Cascone, K. (2000). The Aesthetics of Failure:“Post-Digital” Tendencies in Contemporary Computer Music. Computer Music Journal24(4), 12-18.

Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly. Society, culture, and person: A systems view of creativity. Springer Netherlands, 2014.

Chadabe, J. (1997). Electric sound: the past and promise of electronic music. Pearson.

Emmerson, S. (Ed.) (1986). Language of Electroacoustic Music. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Emmerson, S., & Landy, L. (Eds.) (2016). Expanding the Horizon of Electroacoustic Music Analysis. Cambridge University Press.

Gottschalk, J. (2016). Experimental music since 1970. Bloomsbury Publishing USA.

Lewis, G. E. (2008). A power stronger than itself: The AACM and American experimental music. University of Chicago Press.

Magnusson, T. (2019). Sonic writing: technologies of material, symbolic, and signal inscriptions. Bloomsbury Academic.

Oliveros, P. (1984). Software for people: Collected writings 1963-80. Unpub Editions.

Russolo, L. (1913). The art of noise (pp. 35-41). Glover, VT: Something else press.

Ryan, J. (1991). Some remarks on musical instrument design at STEIM. Contemporary music review6(1), 3-17.

Stockhausen, K. (2004). Electronic and instrumental music. Audio Culture: readings in modern music, 370-80.

Van Nort, D. (2006). Noise/music and representation systems. Organised Sound11(2), 173-178.

Van Nort, D. (2009). Instrumental listening: sonic gesture as design principle. Organised sound14(2), 177-187.

Van Nort, D. (2020). Sound, Senses, Musical Meaning, and Digital Performance: Epistemological Reframings. Canadian Theatre Review184, 57-61.

Van Nort, D., Oliveros, P., & Braasch, J. (2013). Electro/acoustic improvisation and deeply listening machines. Journal of New Music Research42(4), 303-324.

Voegelin, S. (2010). Listening to noise and silence: Towards a philosophy of sound art. Bloomsbury Publishing USA.

AMM Liner Notes
Xenakis – Formalized Music
David Dunn – Music, Language and Environment
John Dack on Pierre Schaeffer’s Typomorphology
Pierre Schaeffer – Solfege du L’Object Sonore
​Articles on Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble here and here

James Tenney – Postal Pieces

Mike Bullock – Self-Idiomatic Music

Chris Brown and John Bischoff – INDIGENOUS TO THE NET: Early Network Music Bands in the San Francisco Bay Area

Doug Van Nort – Distributed Listening in  Electroacoustic Improvisation

Iannis Xenakis – Formalized Music

Steven Miller: Listening Modes and Strategies

Schaefferian Typology