Week of Aug. 26-30

posted Aug 24, 2013, 1:05 PM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Aug 30, 2013, 4:20 AM ]
See the bottom of the page for the Quiz Document attached.

Okay, we spent some fun time in our music lab learning about DAW, tracks, loops, measures, etc.  But now it's time to code!  Remember, this is something that the cutting edge musicians like YoungGuru and Will.I.Am are doing, it's not busy work.  AND, it doesn't hurt that Python is a major computer language in demand: http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/computer-programmer  (one online job site listed 124 jobs open NOW in the Atlanta area, over 4,000 in the U.S.).

So, this week we begin making you the "bleeding edge" musician and giving you a great backup for career.

You tested the software last Friday, and all seems good except one or two computers.  Sorry about the delay, the County updated some pretty intense software.

Our week will focus on this section, and it's subsections, of the EarSketch curriculum:

Take a look at this video, made by another teacher, that walks you through some of the basics.  Let me know what you think:

Goals for the week:
  • Start the softwares, write a basic script, open and edit a basic script, run a script in EarSketch to play music, learn basics of Python programming
  • Terms you'll need to get used to, and use well: variable, CONSTANT, comment, tempo, BPM, key, function, measure, section, Python, Komodo, Reaper, loops
Wednesday I will start reviewing your abilities.  You will need to create a new Python file, use loop CONSTANTS, save your file and open it to play in Reaper.

That should take a day or two, then you will take a Quiz on the same topics by Friday.  

Remember, you can download all of this for home use!  It's fun, it's cool, it's a future!
Michael Reilly,
Aug 30, 2013, 4:20 AM