Bill Alves - Current Courses
- Media Studies 127s - The Harmony of Sound and Light.
A hands-on exploration of the use of technology to closely integrate sound and computer generated or manipulated images and the aesthetic background to such art forms. Prerequisites: CS 5 or equivalent knowledge of computer programming.
- Music 49 - American Gamelan Ensemble.
Rehearsal and performance of new compositions for instruments adapted from the gamelan, a Javanese orchestra of metallophones and gongs. No prior experience on these instruments is required, but some ability to read Western music notation is a prerequisite.
- Music 63 - Music of the Peoples of the World.
This course will cover the fundamentals of music and listening through a survey of traditional music around the world. Among those cultures covered will be those of sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Japan, China, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. Neither an ability to read music nor any other background in music is required.
- Music 67 - Film Music.
An exploration of the history and aesthetics of the use of music in cinema, primarily the Hollywood film from the so-called silent era to the present. The course will include the development of skills of listening analysis and writing about music in the context of narrative film. No background in music or film history is required.
- Music 88 - Introduction to Computer Music.
This course will cover the basics of using a general purpose computer to generate and manipulate digital sounds. The primary software used will be csound on a Macintosh, though compilation on faster Unix machines will also be available. While this course will not concentrate on MIDI instruments, their integration with computer-generated sound files will be explored. A background in computers is helpful, but not required. The artistic applications of computer music technologies will also be discussed, and, while a background in music will be helpful for this, it is also not required. Most of the coursework will consist of short hands-on projects as well as a major final project. The final project is generally a computer music composition or realization, but other possibilities will be offered for those students who do not feel comfortable composing. Enrollment limited to 25.
- Music 104 - Music Since 1900.
The explosive changes of the last hundred years have created one of the most
tumultous but exciting periods of the arts in history. Art music has matched the last
century's diversity and change, mirrored its excitement and tragedies. As we move into
the twenty-first century art music has continued to challenge as it has begun to break
down barriers between high and low art, between East and West, old and new. This course
is a creative look at these multifaceted styles, techniques, and expressions that
have made art music so powerful. Prerequisite: Ability to read scores.
- Writing 1 - Introduction to Academic Writing
A seminar devoted to effective writing strategies and conventions that apply across academic disciplines. The course emphasizes clarity, concision, and coherence in sentences, paragraphs, and arguments.
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