MUS 329J – Introduction to Computer Music

Introduction to Computer Music: Visual Programming with Max

Fall Semester, 2019 – unique number 22100.
Meeting Times: Tue/Thu 2:00 – 3:30 P.M. in MRH 4.170

Instructor: Dr. Christopher Trapani, Visiting Assistant Professor of Composition, Interim Director of the Electronic Music Studios

Office Hour: Tue/Thu 3:30 – 4:00 in MRH 4.156 (471-0865)

Email: ctrapani AT


Teaching Assistant: Jinghong Zhang

Office Hours: TBA in MRH 4.170 (EMS II)

Email: jinghongzhang AT


This course, geared towards musicians as well as students with an interest in programming and some musical background, provides an introduction to the visual programming environment Max (formerly known as Max/MSP, developed by Cycling ’74). Students will learn to create modular patches that can be used to drive MIDI instruments or for live sound processing. By the end of the course, students will be able to perform using a range of customizable digital effects created on the computer, and will have acquired the skills necessary to embark on more adventurous computer music projects.

The syllabus and all class materials are posted on Canvas.