Audio Technology - ELE00024C

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Andy Hunt
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module occurrences

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2017-18

Module aims

Subject content aims:

  • To explore how music is created with technology and consider the history of technology in music making, synthesis and composition
  • To introduce students to the musical and technology changes of the 20th century, which have resulted in today's Music Technology state­of­the­art
  • To give students a basic grounding in fundamental concepts in audio processing and music technology
  • To give the students practical experience of a digital synthesis package in order to explore the basic underlying techniques of sampling and synthesis

Graduate skills aims:

  • To establish fundamental skills in gathering and presenting information from reliable sources and technical writing, recognising issues of plagiarism and collusion
  • To foster creativity, innovation and critical thinking

Module learning outcomes

Subject content learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Be able to describe the historical context of synthesis techniques and their application in contemporary music
  • Understand the theory behind sampling and synthesis systems
  • Be able to manipulate and analyse digital audio signals against target specifications
  • Be able to build a simple synthesis system in PureData and critically evaluate the results

Graduate skills learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Be able to construct basic technical reports and identify reliable sources of information, recognising issues of plagiarism and collusion
  • Have developed skills in analysis, problem solving, critical evaluation, innovation and creativity

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Sound Synthesis Project Report
N/A 100

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Sound Synthesis Project Report
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback on reports will be provided within six weeks of submission.

Indicative reading

Puckette, Miller, "The Theory and Technique of Electronic Music" (2007) http://crca.ucsd.edu/~msp/techniques.htm

Roads, Curtis, "The Computer Music Tutorial", MIT (1996)



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