PLOrk spring2011

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General Information

Welcome to COS/MUS 314 for Spring 2011. You will be assimilated into PLOrk, resistance is futile.

In addition to YOU, the following are involved in teaching these courses:

  • Daniel Iglesia, Visiting Lecturer/ Visiting Director of PLOrk
  • Jeffrey Snyder, Technical Director, Princeton Computer Music Studios, Associate Director of PLOrk
  • Michael Early, graduate student and TA, Assistant Director of PLOrk

Other Important People whose names will come up

  • Perry Cook and Dan Trueman, professors and PLOrk founders
  • Ge Wang, PLOrk founder, creator of ChucK, now leads rival Stanford LOrk
  • Rebecca Fiebrink, CS professor and PLOrk expert

Laptop Configuration

All PLOrk members must configure their laptops (Macbooks) as described here

The current version of the PLOrk Repository, broken down into subfolders that can be downloaded individually, can be found here



Precepts WILL be held the first week of class!!

  • Precepts on Wednesdays from 7:30-9:20pm, Woolworth 102
  • Thursday rehearsal from 1:30-4:20pm, McAlpin and other rooms in Woolworth, when we break into smaller groups.

Important Dates

  • Class begins: February 2
  • Spring break: Week of March 14
  • Week of March 21st: informal midterm project presentations, location TBD
  • April 23rd: dress rehearsal and performance in Taplin Auditorium
  • April 29th: dress rehearsal and performance at 92nd St. Y Tribeca, NYC
  • Sometime Mid-May, probably during finals period: final project presentations (public event)


  • PLOrk Reader; lots and lots of reading relevant to PLOrk and this seminar in general. please add as you see fit, and ask us for the password for protected papers if you can't guess it.
  • Be sure you're on the PLOrk314-316 mailing list.
  • See the extensive list of resources at the Fall 2007 Wiki for starters.

COS/MUS 314 Info

office hours

  • Dan I. (diglesia AT princeton )will be in Princeton on Wednesday and Thursdays. Office hours will be before/after class by request/appointment.
  • Jeff: (josnyder AT princeton )
  • Michael: (mearly AT princeton

Tentative precept schedule

(Much of this syllabus & assignments is inspired by Rebecca Fiebrink's 2010 syllabus)

  • 2/2: Becoming PLOrk-worthy, Intro to the ChucK Universe
    • Introductions, Syllabus, Schedule, email list, wiki, setting up PLOrk rep
    • Brief history of electronic music / tech / PLOrk
    • Brief intro to sound: waves, frequency, consonance & dissonance, paritials, noise (more in psychoacoustics lecture)
    • Brief intro to digital audio: sampling and analog/digital conversion
    • Intro to UNIX structure, commands, scripts
    • Brief intro to miniAudicle & ChucK!
    • Coding in ChucK 101
      • See Rebecca's handout on ChucK basics
      • patches, unit generators, and the dac
      • primitive types (int, float) and numerical constants
      • calling functions of UGens
      • the Std.mtof special function
      • controlling time in ChucK
    • Example code from today
    • Assignment 1 assigned, due 2/8/10
    • Rehearsal:
  • 2/9: Further ChucK and synthesis fundamentals
    • Review concepts from 2/2
    • Intro to historical sound synthesis techniques
    • Implementation/visualization in other softwares/hardware
    • making it dynamic with LFOs
    • Boolean logic
      • ==, >=, <=, <, >, &&, ||, !=, ! operators
    • if and else statements
    • while loops, a little more with time
    • See [Example code from today:
  • 2/16 Objects and Events - real time control
  • 2/23 Polyphony, real-time audio input, time-based effects
    • build polyphonic synth, do the bookkeeping
    • microphone input
    • time-based delay effects
      • delay, with feedback (echo)
      • variable delay time (record scratch speed effect, flanger, chorus)
      • tiny delay time (comb filter)
    • pitch shifting, equal temperament function
    • example code:
  • 3/2 Lots of fun
  • 3/16: SPRING BREAK!
  • ================Everything below this line is in the future , not fixed, and subject to change!
  • TBD: Psychoacoustics and Intermediate ChucK: more synthesis, controlling with events.
  • TBD: object-oriented programming, concurrency, STK, more events
  • 3/23:Events and interaction, other software
    • NIMEs (new interfaces for musical expression)
    • HID devices and SMELT
      • Chuck's event model
    • Intro to supervised learning
      • Intro to the algorithms
      • Supervised learning & the mapping problem
      • The wekinator learning model
      • Using the wekinator with feature extractors & synthesizers
    • Using the Wekinator with HID devices and synthesis classes
    • Transcoding, multimedia, data sets
    • Max/MSP, SuperCollider, Processing intro
  • 3/30: Frequency domain, plus lots of other useful things
    • Time/frequency representation of sound
      • FFT and STFT
      • See FFT handout here
      • Using audacity and SPEAR for spectral analysis
      • Analysis-resynthesis practice
      • scope, loops, and (no) garbage collection
    • Chuck's unit analyzer infrastructure
  • 4/6 Machine listening and audio analysis
  • 4/13: More interactive coding techniques
  • 4/20
  • 4/27: TBD


Please submit Assignments in Blackboard unless the instructions say otherwise. We'll often use Blackboard to give you feedback on your assignments, as well.

  • Assignment 1: due 2/8/10
  • Assignment 2: due 2/15/10
  • Assignment 3: due 2/23/10
  • Assignment 4 - MIDTERM: due 3/8 (to be presented in class 3/9)