187.A63 DSP-Processing & Generative Music
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2013W, VU, 4.0h, 6.0EC


  • Semester hours: 4.0
  • Credits: 6.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise

Aim of course

Expertise and methodic knowledge:

  • Sampling, quantization, Nyquist-Shannon-Theorem
  • Fourier-Theorem, FFT Analysis
  • Granular synthesis - the Corpuscular Theory of Sound
  • Understanding Physical Modelling Synthesis
  • Filter design
  • Phase manipulations and ordinate distortion
  • Reverberation algorithms
  • Strategies in algorithmic composition


Cognitive and practical skills:

  • Realizing differend sound synthesis methods
  • Implementing filters
  • Implementing other sound effects
  • Progrmming plug-ins

Subject of course

  • SuperCollider (Programming language)
  • Sampling, quantization 
  • FFT Analysis, phase modulation & ordinate distortion
  • Granular synthesis
  • Convolution
  • Physical Modeling
  • Transitional Synthesis (Wave Sequencing,Wave Table Synthesis, Vector Synthesis)
  • Additive & Subtraktive Synthesis
  • Modulation synthesis (frequency / amplitude modulation synthesis)
  • Additive & Subtraktive Analysis & Resynthesis
  • Filter design
  • Stochastic & deterministic processes in generative music
  • Finite state machines, artificial neural networks, semantic networks, markovian models, genetic algorithms, mathematical models
  • Creativity Machines

Additional information

ECTS Breakdown

Total: 6.0 ECTS = 150h


60h Vorlesungszeit / Lecture time

30h Übungen / Exercise SuperCollider

15h Komposition / Composition

15h VST-Plugin

30h Hausarbeit und Vorbereitung Präsentation / Paper and preparation of the presentation



Course dates

Fri08:30 - 12:0011.10.2013 - 31.01.2014Seminarraum FAV 01 B (Seminarraum 187/2) LVA DSP&GM
DSP-Processing & Generative Music - Single appointments
Fri11.10.201308:30 - 12:00Seminarraum FAV 01 B (Seminarraum 187/2) LVA DSP&GM
Fri18.10.201308:30 - 12:00Seminarraum FAV 01 B (Seminarraum 187/2) LVA DSP&GM
Fri25.10.201308:30 - 12:00Seminarraum FAV 01 B (Seminarraum 187/2) LVA DSP&GM
Fri08.11.201308:30 - 12:00Seminarraum FAV 01 B (Seminarraum 187/2) LVA DSP&GM
Fri22.11.201308:30 - 12:00Seminarraum FAV 01 B (Seminarraum 187/2) LVA DSP&GM
Fri29.11.201308:30 - 12:00Seminarraum FAV 01 B (Seminarraum 187/2) LVA DSP&GM
Fri06.12.201308:30 - 12:00Seminarraum FAV 01 B (Seminarraum 187/2) LVA DSP&GM
Fri13.12.201308:30 - 12:00Seminarraum FAV 01 B (Seminarraum 187/2) LVA DSP&GM
Fri20.12.201308:30 - 12:00Seminarraum FAV 01 B (Seminarraum 187/2) LVA DSP&GM
Fri10.01.201408:30 - 12:00Seminarraum FAV 01 B (Seminarraum 187/2) LVA DSP&GM
Fri17.01.201408:30 - 12:00Seminarraum FAV 01 B (Seminarraum 187/2) LVA DSP&GM
Fri24.01.201408:30 - 12:00Seminarraum FAV 01 B (Seminarraum 187/2) LVA DSP&GM
Fri31.01.201408:30 - 12:00Seminarraum FAV 01 B (Seminarraum 187/2) LVA DSP&GM

Examination modalities

  • One algorithmic composition, duration ca. 3-5 min. (Generative Music)
  • One VST-Plugin (DSP)
  • Term paper (either on generative music or DSP, 4 A4 pages) incl. presentation

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
16.09.2013 08:00 07.10.2013 08:00 14.10.2013 08:00

Registration modalities:

The number of participants is limited to 20. Registration via TISS is required. Applicants from number 21 on will be on a waiting list and participation is only possible, if other students withdraw their application. The final list of attendees will be determined in the first lesson. Attendance absolutely required.


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 935 Media Informatics


Generative Musik

Nierhaus, Gerhard. 2009. Algorithmic Composition. Wien; New York: Springer.


Steiglitz, Ken. 1996. A Digital Signal Processing Primer: With Applications to Digital Audio and Computer Music. Menlo Park, Calif.; Wokingham: Addison-Wesley.
Frei, Beat. 2010a. Digital Sound Generation - Part 2: Filters. ICST, Zurich University of the Arts. http://www.icst.net/fileadmin/data/pdf/dsg/Digital_Sound_Generation_2.pdf
———. 2010b. Digital Sound Generation - Part 1: Oscillators. ICST, Zurich University of the Arts. http://www.icst.net/fileadmin/data/pdf/dsg/Digital_Sound_Generation_1.pdf
Smith III, Julius Orion. 2013a. Spectral Audio Signal Processing. https://ccrma.stanford.edu/~jos/sasp/
———. 2013b. Mathematics of the Discrete Fourier Transform (dft) with Audio Applications Second Editionhttps://ccrma.stanford.edu/~jos/mdft/
———. 2013c. Physical Audio Signal Processing for Virtual Musical Instruments and Audio Effects https://ccrma.stanford.edu/~jos/pasp/
———. 2013d. Introduction to Digital Filters with Audio Applicationshttps://ccrma.stanford.edu/~jos/filters/
———. 2013e. JOS Home Page. https://ccrma.stanford.edu/~jos/.
Zölzer, Udo. 2011. DAFX: Digital Audio Effects. Second Edition. Chichester, West Sussex, England: Wiley. ISBN: 9780470665992. (Online resource available at TU-Library)


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