Course Syllabus

University of California, Irvine
Fall 2016

Music 215A, Fall 2016
Thursday 12:30-3:20 pm
Music Collaboration Laboratory, AITRC 190
University of California, Irvine

Professor Christopher Dobrian
Music and Media 211, x7288

Office hours by appointment.

Course Description:

Study of the composition and production of music made uniquely possible by the computer, including usage of prevalent digital music technology, techniques of digital signal processing, and computer control of synthesizers and audio processors.

Course Requirements:




Grading for the course will be based on timely completion of all the course requirements. Since every assignment is considered a vital part of the educational experience of the course, serious and high quality work is expected at all times. Grading will be based on:

  1. Participation in class discussions,
  2. Assigned composition etudes,
  3. Final project and presentation, and
  4. Potential extra credit for additional research and documentation.

Important Dates:

Regarding Academic Integrity:

Collaboration between students in this course is strongly encouraged. Students are urged to exchange ideas, opinions, and information constantly, and to help each other with the composition and performance of their technical exercises and creative projects. Each student is, however, responsible for producing her/his own unique fulfillment of each assignment.

Plagiarism of any kind is in direct violation of University policy on Academic Honesty, and penalties for plagiarism can be severe. You are expected to attribute due credit to the originator of any ideas, words, programming code, or other ideas that you incorporate into your own work. Any borrowed text must be cited in proper academic bibliographic fashion, giving credit to its original author. Any borrowed computer programming code must be cited in inline commentary in the code, and in any documentation written about the code, giving credit to its original author.


If you have a disability that inhibits you from performing any of the stated requirements of this course, as approved and documented by the UCI Disability Services Center, please ensure that the professor is thoroughly aware of the matter as early in the term as possible.

Christopher Dobrian
September 16, 2016