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MUSC3603: Advanced Digital Music Techniques

This unit is an advanced exploration of digital sound and music in creative and multimedia contexts. It is a subject in which students are expected to make sophisticated use of sound creation and manipulation tools in pursuit of their own musical ideas. Students will undertake creative projects as a means to learning. An ability to read music at a basic level and an understanding of fundamental musical terminology is an advantage in this unit of study.

Code MUSC3603
Academic unit Arts Music
Credit points 6
MUSC2653 or CMPN1013 or MUED1002

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

  • LO1. Understand the development of a variety of electronic music instruments and effects across the twentieth and twenty first centuries in a wide variety of genres.
  • LO2. Employ digital music terminology and relate such terminology to real-world professional audio scenarios.
  • LO3. Learn creative production workflows including using virtual instruments, step sequencers, digital samplers, drum machines and mixers in an applied workflow.
  • LO4. Analyse case studies of workflows and technical solutions through sound-alike exercises.
  • LO5. Consider content delivery as part of that workflow including mastering for that context.
  • LO6. Learn advanced strategies for mixing, eqing and spectral analysis, to improve clarity of overall tracks, as well as for experimentation and innovation.
  • LO7. Document the creative process and report on your chosen workflow and influences to demonstrate your understanding of prior work.
  • LO8. Make informed choices when selecting sound synthesis, audio effects and other digital methods in the creation of new work.
  • LO9. Learn a range of techniques for creating custom musical materials, as well as the techniques behind sculpting and developing such materials as opposed to relying exclusively on pre-made, commercial resources.

Unit outlines

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