Student wearing headphones sits at a monitor learning to create digital music

Digital music and media

Produce electronic music for next gen media and tech industry
Learn to write and produce music for video-games, electronic music, audio installations and video-art projects in studios that offer the latest in sound design, recording and production technology.

What is digital music and media?

Advancements in technology have seen the dimensions of music – how it’s listened to, how it’s made, what it is – radically transform and expand.

Our digital music and media program is designed exclusively for creatives who want to write and produce music with computers and other electronic devices. It takes full advantage of the Conservatorium’s multifaceted art music perspectives and its unique take on the 21st-century music industry.

If you want to make music that reaches beyond traditional composition and instrumentation, explore the limitless potential of electronic music, or create soundtracks for video games and other forms of emerging media, this program is for you.

You’ll develop skills in music production, digital composition, sound manipulation, synthesis and spatialisation (including surround sound and ambisonics) and recording techniques to create original soundscapes. You’ll also gain an understanding of music’s increasingly vast definition and its place within a rapidly evolving media landscape through critical approaches and cultural studies.

In the course of your studies, you’ll have access to a wide variety of industry standard and specialist software (including Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Cubase, ProTools, etc), and learn how to use various state-of-the-art music technologies including Max MSP, the GRM, Izotope, and Native Instrument suite of plug-ins, modular synthesisers and much more.

Not only will you meet like-minded creatives and expand your idea of what constitutes music, you’ll:

  • learn from a diverse team of leading digital media professionals
  • immerse yourself in studios featuring the latest in music technology
  • collaborate with international musicians via our online network opportunities
  • have the flexibility to combine your music projects with other subjects
  • graduate career-ready with advanced technical production skills
  • collaborate with the next generation of emerging musicians
  • have the opportunity to complete a major, minor or electives from Table S, including subjects in design thinking and programming at the University’s Camperdown/Darlington Campus.
  • Dr Benjamin Carey, Senior Lecturer in Composition and Music Technology
  • Dr Ivan Zavada, Senior Lecturer in Composition and Music Technology
  • Dr Daniel Blinkhorn, Lecturer in Composition and Music Technology
  • Dr Paul McDermott, Lecturer in Contemporary Music and Music Technology

This degree leads to various careers, including:

  • EDM producer or DJ
  • sound designer
  • digital content creator
  • interactive music designer (for example, music for apps, virtual reality and video games)
  • digital music composer for film and screen-based media
  • sound installation designer
  • digital music composer for theatre, dance, galleries and multimedia
  • music software designer
  • event producer

What are my study options with digital music and media?

Student works

Listen to some of the works created by our Digital Composition students.

This collection features members of our 2023 cohort: Cara Christie, Melissa Artwoeger, Dylan Hou, Michael Li, Erez Silberman, Daphne Boholano, Jarod Pandazopoulos, Noah Callanan, Sirius Wang, Benjamin Lorquet, and Valeria Gouzeva.

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