Lippold Haken Electronic Music Synthesis Lectures (ECE 402)


Dr Lippold Haken, who’s known to many synthesists as the creator of the Continuum Fingerboard line of expressive electronic instruments, shared this series of videos from his ‘day job’ as a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois.

Professor Lippold Haken on a unicycle

The videos capture his lectures for ECE 402 – Electronic Music Synthesis. The goals of the course are to provide a familiarity with current methods of electronic/computer music synthesis and their theory of operation and design. Emphasis is on systems concepts which are not likely to change with technology, and have application in Multimedia, Sonification, User Interface, and other fields.

Topics covered:

  • Survey of Electronic Music Technology since 1900
  • Music Encoding and Generation
  • Sound Perception and Analysis
  • Subtractive Synthesis: Processing of Fixed Waveforms
  • Sampling Synthesis
  • Modulation Synthesis
  • Additive Synthesis
  • Additive Synthesis with Complex Basis Functions
  • Physical Models
  • Pitch Processing
  • Real-Time Performance Interfaces and Implementation
  • Simulated Environments


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