PLOrk spring2012

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General Information

Welcome to COS/MUS 314/316 for Spring 2012. YOU are PLOrk, now don't hurt yourself!!

Coming soon:

  • 316 syllabus

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

  • Dan Trueman, professor in Music
  • Rebecca Fiebrink, professor in Computer Science
  • Jeffrey Snyder, Technical Director, Princeton Computer Music Studios, and Associate Director of PLOrk
  • Jascha Narveson, graduate student in Music

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!!

  • 314: Precepts on Tuesdays, 1:30-2:50pm , Woolworth 106
  • 316: Precepts on Tuesdays, 3:00-4:20pm, Woolworth 106 / Studios
  • 314 and 316: Thursday rehearsal from 1:30-4:20pm, McAlpin and other rooms in Woolworth, when we break into smaller groups.

Important Dates

  • Classes begin: February 7
  • Room change for Thursday February 9, only: Meet in Woolworth 106, not McAlpin
  • Spring break: Week of March 19
  • March ???: informal performances of midterm projects, schedule TBA
  • April 6: Dress rehearsal for big show!
  • April 7: Big show in Richardson!
  • May ???: Showcase of final projects


COS/MUS 314 Info

Prof. Fiebrink's office hours


My office is room 408 in the Computer Science building, which is attached to the Friend center. The easiest way to find it is to take the CS building elevator to the 4th floor, then veer left down the hallway.

Jascha Narveson's office hours


Tentative precept schedule

  • 2/7: Becoming PLOrk-worthy, Intro to the Universe and more
    • Assignment 1 assigned, due 2/13/12
    • Introductions, Syllabus, Schedule
    • Videos from 2010 students:
    • Brief intro to sound: equations and perception of waves
    • Brief intro to digital audio: sampling and analog/digital conversion
    • Brief intro to miniAudicle & ChucK
    • Coding in ChucK 101
      • See the 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 (add link)
  • 2/14 : Further ChucK and synthesis fundamentals
    • Intro to sound synthesis techniques
    • Intro to Synthesis Toolkit (STK) UGens
    • Boolean logic
      • ==, >=, <=, <, >, &&, ||, !=, ! operators
      • true/false representations as 1/0
    • if and else statements
    • while loops
    • Misc. ChucK: ++ and --, the Std.rand() functions for random number generation, coding style conventions
    • More on harmonic series: vibrating strings; perception of pitch and timbre
    • functions in ChucK
  • 2/21 Intermediate ChucK
  • 2/28 More functions, OOP, and concurrency
    • More on functions and sporking
    • SndBuf objects
    • vibrato
    • FM Synthesis
    • More on harmonics and perception
    • Understanding and using user-defined classes
  • 3/6 Events and Interaction
    • ChucK's event model
    • The "mapping problem" for new instruments
  • 3/13
  • Catch-up, machine learning, and/or midterm prep
  • 3/27 Open Sound Control
  • 4/3 Max/MSP and Processing
  • 4/10 Working with the frequency domain, FFT, timbre, and perception
  • 4/17 Guest lecture?
  • 4/24 Filters
  • 5/1 Last class: Catch-up, wrap-up, etc.
  • 5/7 Reading period begins
  • 5/15 Dean's date


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 2/13/12, 11:59pm

Code resources

We may add resources here later.

MUS 316 Info

316 office hours


Tentative class schedule


Rehearsal Groups and Schedules