Music 6: Electronic Music
Spring quarter 2016. University of California, San Diego

Meetings: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-1:50, Prebys Music Center (CPMC) 136
Instructor: Professor Miller Puckette, CPMC 251, 858-534-4823,,
Office Hours:Tuesdays 11:30-12:30 (either in office or classroom) or by appointment

Teaching Assistants:
Caroline Miller (clm013 at ucsd dot edu)
Johannes Regnier (jregnier at ucsd dot edu)

There are two in-class tests, a final exam, and three one-page writing assignments; more details about assignments will be given in class. Assignments and tests count 15% each toward your grade; the final counts 25%. Grades are posted through TritonED (

There are weekly reading and listening assignments, available from the UCSD library reserve system on

Podcasts are available on (the first one is badly miced; hopefully the rest will work better) and snapshots of the blackboard re collecting here.

Topics (these will become web links as notes and files become available):

Mar 29,31 Introduction and terminology
Apr 5,7 Chronology
Apr 12,14 Recording and sampling Paper 1 is due Apr. 14
Apr 19,21 Synthesis, elektronischemusik, and synthesizers
Apr 26,28 Computers and digital audio Test 1 is on Apr. 28
May 3,5 Multitracking and audio production Paper 2 is due May 12.
May 10,12 Electric and electronic instruments
May 17,19 Live electronic music. Test 2 is DELAYED until Thursday, May 26.
Here is my excerpted recording of Philippe Manoury, Pluton.
May 24,26 Modernism and post-modernism. Paper 3 is due May 26.
May 31,Jun 2 Music and media

Final exam: Monday, June 6, 11:30-2:29