If you are a music teacher and you are wondering how you can use a phone or a tablet
to produce music, this course is meant for you.
Play from scratch: Chiptune Music with Sunvox is meant for all those teachers that
want to integrate the basic principles of electronic music production in their music
classes but don’t have a specific background. In this sense the course is highly
modular because teachers are free to follow the online tutorial, deepening
particular aspects and then build her/his own lessons according to the students’
ages and needs.
The tutorials can also be easily used to acquire the basic knowledge necessary in
order to structure workshops where students can be lead through the composition
of a collective piece or performance from scratch. A detailed didactic unit concept
is provided alongside the videos in order to support teachers’ activity.
The tutorials are designed around the Sunvox application. The reason for choosing
this particular software are many: it is modular and easy to program, it is not only
capable of producing sounds (synthesis) but it can also schedule them over time
(sequencing), it is multi-platform.
The videos’ serie is divided in 2 parts on 9 lessons of roughly 10 minutes each. The
first four lessons introduce the basic concepts, application’s GUI and the essential
digital signal processing topics. The lessons from 5 to 9 show step by step how it is
possible to use Sunvox to create a song; thus including the composition of leads,
pads, bass and drums and giving a general overview over sound-design
No previous knowledge of the application, nor DSP techniques is required.
Teachers can learn the basic concepts of the application’s GUI: modules, tracker,
timeline and the building blocks of digital sound processing such as waveforms,
oscillators, filters, envelopes, amplification and sampling. as well as, more
generally the core concepts of an high level node-based programming
environment. A specific focus is put on sound-design and especially to those
techniques aimed at modeling and producing a palette of different and distinct
sounds. Following the videos and the didactic unit suggestions teachers are
expected to become enough competent in the field to be able to produce their
own teaching unit, taylored on students’ needs and class/workshop structure.