PLOrk spring2007/AssignmentOne

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The Drum Machine

Inspired by the question posed by the reporter from Fox News: "... but can you dance to it?"


  • design a piece with rhythm, either scored/recorded or performed live
  • pieces should be 2 to 5 minutes in duration
  • you define what "rhythmic" means
  • this is a solo project (everyone should create a piece), but can use multiple machines and human helpers/players, if needed
  • due: in class | Thursday ???

Some Potential Issues to Consider

  • level of human interaction?
  • is live performance is to be incorporated? if so, how and what is the interface?
  • how to structure the software to facilate the piece?


  • programs, sound files (if any)
  • a recording and/or a live performance in class
  • instructions, if any, for the laptop (programs, sound files)
  • instructions for human performers, if any
  • program notes, if any
  • README file explaining your approach in creating the piece, what tools you used, any difficulties you encountered, and any additional notes.