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MUSC2653: Introduction to Digital Music Techniques

This unit is an introduction to the use of digital sound and music in creative and multimedia contexts. It is a practical course in which students are introduced to tools of sound creation and manipulation. Students will undertake creative projects as a means to learning. In addition, participants will be exposed to a number of approaches to electroacoustic music across the 20th and 21st centuries.

Code MUSC2653
Academic unit Arts Music
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Learn fundamentals of sound, Learn and employ basic acoustic terminology and relate such terminology to real-world audio situations.
  • LO2. Record, document and edit a two-track studio-style recording using portable field recorders and industry-standard stereo editing software
  • LO3. Deliver such content via a variety of mediums, including online media platforms
  • LO4. Learn the fundamentals of sound and applying those to mixing an audio track. This includes techniques for hearing and practical techniques for achieving a good basic mix.
  • LO5. Document the process using online social media and other “social composing” contexts
  • LO6. Analyse the structure of a simple piece of electronic dance music and gain an understanding of the way such works may be created, including textural concepts and the possibilities in using such works as model for further composition
  • LO7. Use various essential Digital composing "intruments" and filters to create a work of electronic dance music based on a model
  • LO8. Learn to devise creative workflows which suit your personal creative style and which result in a healthy, productive creative approach to composing.
  • LO9. Establish the differences between 'real" audio and midi (musical instrument digital interface) information, including a basic introduction to synthesis
  • LO10. Disseminate material to a global audience via online services
  • LO11. Understand the development of a variety of electroacoustic music trends and patterns across the twentieth century across a wide variety of genres, as well as learn to research appropriately material
  • LO12. Use audio material efficiently with regard to contemporary copyright law.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.