Advanced Sound Design & Installation Michael Trigilio | email: |


Office Hours: Monday, 3pm - 4pm at MCC 221; Thursday 1pm - 2pm at VAF studio 511
If you intend to visiting during office-hours, please send me an email to confirm.

N.B. I WILL NOT BE REVIEWING PETITIONS DURING THESE OFFICE HOURS. These office hours are for course/career/research matters only.

About the course:
This Advanced Sound class will be an advanced production class, functioning more like a production "seminar" than a conventional instruction-led course. We will place a priority on student-driven projects, emphasizing experiential practice in sound to generate project ideas and sound-works over the course of the Winter quarter. In order to facilitate this "experiential learning," students will receive instruction and introductions to alternative sound-techniques including analog electronics, modular processing, and alternative software environments for sound-design.

Students will be expected to work collaboratively, supporting the production of their peers.

60% will be based on all projects (as developed, produced, and presented at CRITS 1-3 and in the final exhibition/screening).
40% will be based on class participation in discussions and critiques.

Students are expected to attend all of every class meeting. If you are away-from-class, you will be considered absent (notwithstanding absence due to illness). This class meets once per week, thus missing a single class is equivalent to missing ten-percent of the course.

Two absences = Lower final grade by fifteen points (one-and-a-half letter grade)
Each additional absence = Lower final grade by an additional letter grade.

Arriving to class late twice will be noted as an “absence.”

If you are ill, you may miss class provided you present official documentation indicating your illness (a note from student health-services will suffice). If you miss more than two classes due to illness, I will apply the above grading policy and you should prepare to withdraw from the class.

Students will be active and engaged in participation, coursework, and attendance
Students will demonstrate professional use of the media center
Students will show creative and courageous responses to assignment prompts.
Students will actively resist cynicism and foster open-mindedness

What students can expect:
Presentation of challenging examples and techniques prepared to broaden your experience as an editor.
Respect and honest critical feedback
A passionate and engaged articulation of course material, free of cynicism or contemptFair and honest grading of your participation, projects, and other classwork.


COURSE SCHEDULE (subject to change)
Week 1 (Jan. 8):
Intro/Roundtable | Roundtable project brainstorms | headphones, speakers
soldering and contact-microphones | SESMI / T2ERU | Soundcloud accounts and weekly posts.

Week 2: (Jan. 15)
Signal Flow with pedals, effects, pods, radio xmitters.
Introduction to sensors and switches.

Week 3: (Jan. 22)
Roundtable & CRIT #1

Week 4: (Jan. 29)
Alternative software environments (Plogue Bidule/Audiomulch)

Week 5: ( Feb. 5)
Synthpacks & public-spaces -

Week 6: (Feb. 12)
Roundtable & CRIT #2

Week 7: (Feb. 19)
Alternative software environments (Reason / Abelton )

Week 8: (Feb. 26)
Electronics for Installation and Interactivity: details TBD

Week 9: (Mar. 5)
Roundtable & CRIT #3

Week 10: (Mar. 12)
Prepare for sound installations/screenings at Mandeville.
Installation open March 14th - 16th (tentative)


Technical Instruction
contact-microphone making
Synthpack workshop
plugin suites & uses (Waves, TweakBench, etc.)
hardware techniques for installation
alternative software (non-DAW)
follow-up tutorials in ProTools and conventional DAW production

Alternative softwares:

Plogue Bidule:
Cuckoos Reaper:






updated JANUARY 6, 2013