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Learn to Code Electronic Music Tools with Javascript

This course shows you how to build sound synthesizers and drum machines that run in your web browser using Javascript.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Learn to Code Electronic Music Tools with Javascript

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Use Javascript and the Web Audio API to code electronic music tools

In this online course, you’ll build a range of electronic music tools using the Javascript language and the Web Audio API.

We’ll show you, line by line, how to program interactive synthesizers, drum machines and even algorithmic music systems that can generate music automatically.

You’ll also find out how to develop user interfaces with knobs, sliders and other elements.

The music software and user interfaces you make will run in any web browser that supports the Web Audio API, including Safari on iOS and Chrome on Android.

Download video: standard

What topics will you cover?

  • Sound synthesis
  • Drum machine and sampled sound
  • Musical user interfaces
  • Algorithmic composition and algorave

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Synthesise audio in real-time in web browsers using the Web Audio API
  • Design sound synthesis algorithms
  • Apply clocks and triggers to play back sampled sounds in rhythmic patterns
  • Design user interfaces that allow non-coders to control your electronic music software
  • Apply algorithmic music techniques to generate music automatically using probability and rules

Who is the course for?

This course requires access to a computer with an up to date web browser and a sound output.

Who will you learn with?

Matthew Yee-King

Computer scientist, Musician, Educator.

Who developed the course?

Part of the University of London, Goldsmiths has a world-class reputation. Study creative and inspiring courses and learn from leading minds in the arts, humanities, social sciences and computing.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $69 you’ll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

A Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your Linkedin or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.