BAIN MUSC 336 Introduction to Computer Music
University of South Carolina
School of Music

Introduction to Computer Music

Fall 2023

MUSC 336 | Blackboard | E-book

C O U R S E   M O D U L E S
Triangle icon Course & Studio Introduction
2. Sound Editing,
Analysis &
3. Interactive Music
Programming & MIDI
4. Notation & Sequencing
5. Digital Audio
6. Synthesis

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Welcome to MUSC 336!

This class will be offered Fall 2023, MW 12:00, B3WEB.
Instructor permission is required to register for this course.


Left quotes Technology enables us in many wonderful ways, but it will never be a substitute for a good idea. The bottom line will always lie with our ears.
Right quotes
  Mark Ballora  

Course Description

Techniques of computer-generated music production including aspects of MIDI, digital synthesis, and music programming.

Textbooks (Open Access)

Burk, et al., Music and Computers: A Theoretical and Historical Approach {E-book} (Burk et al. 2011)

Hass, Introduction to Computer Music {E-book} (Hass 2020)


Audacity | Max | MIDI | Notation | Sequencing | Digital Audio | MSP | SuperCollider | Synthesis; See also: History

Course Documents

  1. Fall 2021
  2. Listening
    1. Activities
    2. Listening List
  3. Creative Projects
  4. Programming
  5. Bibliography
  6. Software

Technical Overviews

  1. Audacity (pdf)
  2. Max Programming (pdf)
  3. MIDI (pdf)
  4. Reason (pdf)
  5. How Digital Audio Works (pdf)
  6. MSP Basics (pdf)
  7. SuperCollider Basics (coming soon)

Burk et al., Music and Computers Chapter Overviews

  1. Ch. 1: The Digital Representation of Sound: Sound and Timbre (pdf)
  2. Ch. 2: The Digital Representation of Sound: Playing by the Numbers (pdf)
  3. Ch. 3: The Frequency Domain (pdf)
  4. Ch. 4: The Synthesis of Sound by Computer (pdf)
  5. Ch. 5: The Transformation of Sound by Computer (pdf)
Magazines & Journals
  1. Create Digital Music (CDM)
  2. Computer Music Journal
  3. Journal of Music, Technology & Education
  4. Leonardo Music Journal
  5. Music Radar: Formerly Computer Music Magazine, Electronic Musician & Keyboard
  6. MusicTech
  7. Sound on Sound
  8. Synthtopia

Cloud Storage

  1. UofSC Office 365
  2. Dropbox
  3. Google Drive

Music Library Resources

  1. FindIt @ UofSC Libraries
  2. Naxos Music Library
  3. Grove/Oxford
  4. Harvard Dictionary
  5. JSTOR

Online Music Distribution

  1. Bandcamp
  2. SoundCloud
  3. Spotify
  4. YouTube


See also: BAIN MUSC 336 Bibliography & Articles

Burk, Phil, Larry Polansky, Douglas Repetto, Mary Roberts and Dan Rockmore. 2011. Music and Computers:  A Theoretical and Historical Approach, Archival Version. Available online at: <>.

Hass, Jeffery. 2020. Introduction to Computer Music: An Electronic Textbook, 2nd ed. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University. Available online at: <>.

Updated: April 23, 2023

Reginald Bain | University of South Carolina | School of Music