What is ?
Electronic Musical Instrument Design, often called "EMID," is a course designed to bring together students from many departments at Tufts to design and build unique devices for musical performance. It is equal parts lecture and lab, and it is limited to 12 students.
Students in Computer
Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Music, Mechanical
Engineering, Psychology/Human Factors, Cognitive Science and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts,
and anyone else with an interest in applying electronic technology to music
are welcome in the course. Students will work in teams, so that their skills
complement each other.
What you need to succeed in the course:
You should have a background in at least one of the following areas:
• Music involving computers and/or synthesizers
• Computer programming and object-oriented languages
• Electrical engineering, especially simple circuit design and prototyping
• Mechanical engineering
• Design and construction of things in wood, plastic, and metal
What we'll do in this course:
Using MIDI and software synthesis, we will create "gesture controllers" to make new ways of creating music
Study existing instruments, and see them demonstrated by expert players or their inventors
Learn MIDI, what the commands mean, how they can be used to control music
Learn the software synthesizer Reason and how to set its parameters
Translate electronic gestures into MIDI using Arduinos and similar platforms
Process real-time data with an object-oriented computer language called MAX
Build new controllers and systems
Do a public demonstration, and perhaps a concert
Work very hard, and have a lot of fun
Should I sign up for Music 66 or for ES 95me?
It's entirely up to you. The courses are exactly the same. The only difference is how it looks on your transcript.
More info about the course:
• What kinds of projects have students done in past years?
Here's an article about the course in the Tufts Alumni Magazine
• Who is the instructor?
Here's an article about him and the course in Tufts Journal
Here's an interview with him from Gearwire.com
Here's a very old article in the Tufts Daily
Here's his home page
• What are the academic and reading requirements?
• Contact the instructor