Semester

Spring 2011

Course Title

Performance Technology

Course Number

TECH 204

Instructor

Peter Blasser

Email

pete.blasser@oberlin.edu

Prerequisites

Consent of the Instructor

Meeting Times

Tuesday and Thursday 1:30 - 2:45 in TIMARA Studio II

Office Hours

see office door (Presser Foundation Studio) or by appointment


Course Objective: Students will have direct experience with the volatile and wonderful relationship between emerging technology and performance. A variety of performance situations will be addressed, including concert stage, installation, web, and radio broadcast. Students will also explore the responsibilities and relationships of various personnel; including producer, coordinator, performer, and composer.

Course Content: Concentration on realtime technologies and performance issues. Emphasis on creative work outside the studio with a requirement for at least two public performances. Topics include performance issues in the field, performance technologies not already covered in previous courses, realtime sonic and visual systems, realtime motion sensing, performative gesture, and ensemble and collaboration issues. Students will engage frequently in self-critique and class critique.

Course Activity: In addition to classroom discussions, students will be assigned readings from assorted books and articles on reserve in the Oberlin Conservatory Library (it is not necessary to purchase a book for this class). Students are also expected to keep a log book with class notes and technical information. These reference notes will collected before midterms and at the end of the semester; they will be valuable beyond the duration of the class so they should be prepared accordingly.

Communication: Students are expected to use their electronic mail account regularly.

Materials: A database of TIMARA equipment available for borrowing, is on the web: Instruments available for checkout

Connecting To Server = command k (go->connect to server...)  type in afp://timaraxserve.local

timara timmy2, manuals

Attendance: Classroom attendance is required. The subject matter requires visual and aural correlation of the technical and musical concepts presented. Classes begin promptly at the scheduled time. While it is better to arrive late than not at all, tardy students are requested to cause as little distraction as possible when joining the class. If a class is missed, it is the student's responsibility to ask about missed information.

Grading:

25%

=

Performance #1

98-100

=

A+

30%

=

Performance #2

94-97

=

A

25%

=

Assignments

90-93

=

A-

10%

=

Participation

87-89

=

B+

10%

=

Attendance

83-86

=

B

100%

 

80-82

=

B-

 

 

 

77-79

=

C+

 

 

 

73-76

=

C

 

 

 

70-72

=

C-

 

 

 

60-69

=

D (NE)

 

 

 

0-59

=

F (NE)

Important Dates:

March 15

-

Performance #1 deadline

March 22

-

Reference Notes collected

May 8

-

Performance #2 deadline

May 10

-

Reference Notes collected

Performances are to be in class on the day of.  Please be organized enough to not go over your allotted time slot.  Performances will be video taped for your self-critiqueing benefits.

NO MATERIALS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE LAST DAY OF READING PERIOD

Oberlin Policies: If you have specific physical, psychiatric, or learning disabilities and require accommodations in this course, please register with the Coordinator of Services for Students with disabilities in Room G-27 in Peters Hall (extension 58467) for assistance in developing a plan to address your academic needs.

TIMARA Policies: Eating, drinking, and smoking are not allowed anywhere within the TIMARA complex. Equipment may not be moved without permission from TIMARA faculty or staff. Always make backup copies of your work on your own removable media. You are allowed to leave your work on the studio computer, but do not count on it being there when you return. When you leave the studio, be sure that only the Macintosh operating system is running, that all the hardware is set to its normal configuration, and that the area is clean and ready for the next student to work. Late-Night access is a privelege granted on a case-by-case basis by TIMARA faculty for majors currently enrolled in 310, 330, 350, or 410.

Studio Usage: There are studio sign-up sheets in the TIMARA hallway near the water fountain. Students are allowed to leave files in a folder (title the folder with your name) on hard drives called "User." Students are allowed to use drives titled "Erasable Work Drive" but anyone can clear those drives at anytime so do not expect your files to be there from session to session. Always make backup copies of your work on your own removable media, or on the class hard drive on the TIMARA server. If something doesn't work, send an email message to the TIMARA Studio Engineer, John.Talbert@oberlin.edu. If problems are carefully documented as soon as they occur, they can often be remedied within a short period of time and with a minimum of lost studio usage. Remember, when you finish working, be sure that only the Macintosh operating system is running, that all the hardware is set to its normal configuration and the area is clean and ready for the next student to work.

Honor Code: Examinations are to be completed by individual students without assistance - as per the honor code. For details on the honor code, look at this web site: Honor Policy. However, the learning process for this class should occur in a collaborative environment. Students are encouraged to assist one another; completing assignments, providing technical help with hardware and software, and supplying constructive feedback on creative issues. Learning in TIMARA is largely a group process; you should be aware of each other's work and treat the equipment in the studios accordingly. Copyright infringement will not be tolerated. If you are unsure of copyright regulations, look at this web site: http://www.copyright.gov.