ECE 402 Electronic Music Synthesis

ECE 402 is now offered in fall and spring semesters.
The instructor will be Prof. Lippold Haken.

Lecture: 3081 ECE Bldg, 8:00-9:20 AM TuTh
Sound Design Lab: 3024 ECE Bldg

Course Description: Survey of Electronic and Computer Music. Topics include: Electronic and computer music technology since 1900; music encoding and representation; psychoacoustics and signal processing; time-varying spectral analysis/synthesis; additive synthesis with sinusoidal and complex basis functions; subtractive synthesis and Musicianís Filter; band-limited waveform generators and Musicianís Sawtooth; modulation synthesis; nonlinear filtering; sound morphing and cross synthesis; synchronous and asynchronous granular synthesis; pitch processing; physical modelling. Level is senior or graduate ECE (3 hours credit).

Sound Design Laboratory: The course includes a Sound Design Lab each week. This provides hands-on experience designing, implementing, and testing real-time audio signal processing algorithms for computer music.


†††††† Before taking ECE402, you should know how to read music notation and be familiar with key signatures, accidentals, the circle of fifths, major and minor triads, tempo markings, and tunings (e.g. MUS101 or MUS103).

†††††† ECE majors should complete ECE310 before ECE402. Students with this prerequisite consistently get better grades and understand more than students without ECE310, especially in the 2nd half of ECE402.

†††††† Non-ECE majors are not expected to have ECE310 and will be graded separately, but must do all assignments. Non-ECE students that would like to get a single-semester introduction to signal processing might consider taking ECE498MH before ECE402.

More Details:

ECE402 General Information, Homework, Exams, and Grading

ECE402 Lecture Topics

ECE402 Assigned Readings (in Course Packet)

ECE402 Lab (study this for Quiz in Lecture 3!)

More About Resolving ECE402 Lab Problems

Personal web page for instructor Lippold Haken

Lab Schedule:

ECE402 Spring 2017 Lab Schedule.pdf

Non-ECE Courses especially recommended by Prof. Haken:

††††††††††† MUS 407: Electronic Music Techniques I (Prof. Scott Wyatt).† This is a chance to work in the†Electronic Music Studios with music majors.† Prof. Wyatt welcomes engineers into MUS 407, but since you probably lack prerequisites, please ask him for Consent of Instructor when registering.

††††††††††† PHY 406: Acoustical Physics of Music (Prof. Steven Errede). If you lack the physics prerequisites, please ask Prof. Errede for Consent of Instructor when registering. Prof Errede also teaches a freshman-only class, PHY 193.

If you have comments or suggestions, email to Lippold Haken at