When I started at Stanford I took advantage of the world-renowned CCRMA (Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics). In 2017 I audited the Music 220a course, Fundamentals of Computer-Generated Sound. One of the assignments was to make a binaural sound play.
While auditing this class, I was also teaching an upper-level undergraduate laboratory course and a lot was going wrong (fabrication delays, incorrect soldering of delivered components, poorly written industrial SDKs…). My play was about the constant feeling of being overwhelmed that I had at the time.
As part of my music minor at MIT, I also took two electronic music composition classes (21M.301 and 21M.302). Below are some compositions I made for the class, as well as some I did on my own time.
8-bit C one-liner (2013)
It’s a one-line C program:
Alright, it’s more than one line, but merely for the sake of readability. To hear it on a Linux machine, it can be compiled with ‘gcc prog.c’ and simply pipe the output to aplay like so:
./a.out | aplay -r 44100. The word “colleen!” can be changed to anything, though only the first 8 contribute. Fewer characters is also OK. The sound changes are not too drastic, so to get more variation the numbers and operations need to be played with.
Syyyyyyyymphony Hall (ambient, 2014)
Here's a bonus piece of the same 8-bit music piece convolved with the impulse response of Symphony Hall 8 times. It is ambient, with a nice foreboding feeling.
21M.201 Final Project, Fall 2011
The samples were recorded various places around MIT, except the ethereal voices are from ‘Neptune’ in Holst’s ‘The Planets’.