MUSONIC 1000 - Music Technology Foundations
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018
General Course Information
Course Code MUSONIC 1000 Course Music Technology Foundations Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge Familiarity with basic computer functionality including word processing, email and web usage Course Description The field of music technology involves the artistic and technical application of technology in the creation and performance of music. This course will develop a theoretical and practical understanding of music technology fundamentals including sound, audio, and MIDI.
This will be achieved by theoretically and practically exploring the field of music technology through lectures, tutorials and workshops. In particular, students will: examine a range of areas such as basic sound recording, audio and MIDI editing, sequencing, processing and production, synthesis and sampling, effects and mixing, and graphical programming; complete readings and listening; and perform practical exercises that promote investigative learning and research.
The course has the following learning objectives: develop practical skills using a range of core music and sound software and hardware; provide a comprehensive understanding of the theory behind a range of music technologies; develop and expand creative and technical practice in music and sound via technology with a view to develop life long learning.
Course Coordinator: Peter Dowdall
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Students will be able to identify, describe and explain music technology fundamentals associated with audio and MIDI.
- Students will be able employ and apply musical technologies in a manner that displays technical and creative understanding and fluency.
- Students will be able to demonstrate independent, imaginative and creative approaches to problem solving using musical technologies.
- Students will develop research skills and a critical understanding of music technology and its associated areas.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,2 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1,2,3,4 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
3 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1,2,3,4 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesHosken, Dan. Introduction to Music Technology. 2014.Web <http://tinyurl.com/IntroMusicTech>.
Many of the weekly tutorial readings use this book. An electronic version of the book is available via the link above to the University's library. You will need to login with your university ID and password. PDF copies of pages can be downloaded or printed. Physical copies (hard and soft cover) versions of this book are available at various retail outlets.
Recommended ResourcesBelow are a number of recommended resources. Please note that in terms of the included books and links, these are meant purely as additional points of reference to the ideas explored in the course.
- Brown, Andrew R. Computers in Music Education : Amplifying Musicality. New York: Routledge, 2007.
- Cary, Tristram. Illustrated Compendium of Musical Technology. London: Faber, 1992.
- Guérin, Robert. MIDI Power! 2nd ed. Boston, MA: Thomson Course Technology.
- Gurevitz, Steven, and Paul Middleton. Music Technology Key Concepts and Practical Projects. Workbook ed. San Diego: Focal Press [Imprint] Elsevier Science & Technology Books.
- Holmes, Thom. The Routledge Guide to Music Technology. Routledge Guides. New York: Routledge, 2006.
- Huber, David Miles. The Midi Manual a Practical Guide to Midi in the Project Studio. 3rd ed. Burlington, MA: Focal Press/Elsevier.
- Kirk, Ross, and Andy Hunt. Digital Sound Processing for Music and Multimedia. Oxford: Focal, 1999.
- Manning, Peter. Electronic and Computer Music. Rev. and expanded ed. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press.
- Middleton, Chris, and Allen Zuk. The Complete Guide to Digital Audio : A Comprehensive Introduction to Digital Sound and Music-Making. Lewes, [England]: Ilex, 2004.
- Mike, Collins. Pro Tools 9: Music Production, Recording, Editing, and Mixing Music Production, Recording, Editing, and Mixing. NL: Focal Press, 2011.
- Miranda, Eduardo Reck. Computer Sound Design : Synthesis Techniques and Programming. Music Technology Series. 2nd ed. Oxford ; Boston, Mass.: Focal Press, 2002.
- Pohlmann, Ken C. Principles of Digital Audio. 5th ed. New York ; London: McGraw-Hill, 2005.
- Roads, Curtis. The Computer Music Tutorial. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1996.
- Russ, Martin. Sound Synthesis and Sampling. Music Technology Series. 2nd ed. Boston: Elsevier/Focal Press, 2004.
- Ward, Kevin. Pro Tools 9: The Mixer's Toolkit: The Mixer's Toolkit. NL: Focal Press, 2011.
- Williams, David Brian, and Peter Richard Webster. Experiencing Music Technology : Software, Data, and Hardware. New York London: Schirmer Books; Prentice Hall International, 1996.
- Wishart, Trevor, and Simon Emmerson. On Sonic Art. Contemporary Music Studies ; V. 12. New and rev. / ed. New York, N.Y.; Amsterdam: Routledge ; Harwood Academic Publishers, 1996.
- Kirn, Peter. "Create Digital Music". 2012. 16 January 2012. <http://createdigitalmusic.com/>.
- "Harmony Central". 1995. 17 January 2012. <http://www.harmonycentral.com/>.
- "MIDI Manufacturer's Association". 2003. <http://midi.org/>.
- "Sound on Sound Magazine". 1985. 17 January 2012. <http://www.soundonsound.com/>.
Students can listen to musical works through the library's Naxos subscription (see library catalogue, search using Naxos as the title and limit search to ‘electronic resources’. You will be prompted to enter your uni ID number and password to access the Naxos catalogue). There is a wealth of material available for listening (but not downloading). The link to the Naxos catalogue is as follows:
Library The Music Library located in the Hartley building is an excellent source for music, literature and recordings: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/library/branch/eml/
Referencing Guide Bibliography and references are to be cited according to the Music Referencing Guide: http://libguides.adelaide.edu.au/musicreferencing
MyUni is a crucial part of this course and will provide students with access to assessment and learning materials, such as quizzes, discussion boards, slide presentations, readings, links, sound and video. Materials will be provided on a topic-by-topic basis over the semester: http://myuni.adelaide.edu.au.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
The course structure and content is delivered through a range of classes and materials. The classes in this course consist of lectures, tutorials and workshops.
- Lectures will deliver a specific topic each week. The topic will consist of ideas and concepts; technologies; and creative practitioners in the field.
- Tutorials provide an opportunity to discuss and ask questions about the weekly lecture and topic for the course; reinforce concepts and ideas from the lecture and explore new territory.
- Students are required to complete the weekly reading before their tutorial; come to the tutorial with questions and thoughts on the reading; and be prepared to actively engage in discussion on the weekly topic and reading.
- Students are required to complete 1-hour of preparatory work which may include readings, watching videos, listening to sound and musical examples, preparing work or completing short exercise. This is a mandatory requirement.
- Workshops will explore a wide range of practical aspects of the course and its associated topics and concepts.
- Students will be set regular practical tasks as part of their portfolio assessment and be required to present their work during the workshop.
- Although workshops will from time to time contain presentations from the instructor, the workshop will largely be an opportunity for students to obtain assistance with their practical and creative development and practice. Students need to actively and on a week-by-week basis maintain their practical and creative development, using the workshop to raise issues and solve problems.
- Finally, the workshops provide a forum by which students can begin to explore their own ideas and practice using lecture and tutorial materials as inspiration and points of departure.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
This course consists of up to 48 hours of direct contact or structured non-contact - 4 hours per week over 12 weeks for the lectures, tutorials and workshops, where students will play an active role in the practice, refinement, consolidation and extension of their knowledge and understanding. In addition students will spend a minimum of 108 non-contact hours over the duration of the course on self-initiated learning and research, reading, writing, practice and assessment in order to pass the course, making the minimum workload 156 hours.
Learning Activities Summary
The structure of the course is broken down into topics. Each topics consists of a number of weeks dedicated to the section topic and more specific sub-topics that vary according to changes in the field. Each of the topic is supported by theory and practice through lectures, tutorials and workshops. More information about the format of the classes can be found in the section “LEARNING AND TEACHING MODES”. The list of topics includes:
- Sound Theory
- Analogue and Digital Audio
- Time and Frequency Representations of Sound
- Synthesis and Sampling
- Effects and Processing
- MIDI Hardware, Language and Format
- MIDI Systems and Connectivity
- Open Sound Control
- Audio Recording and Editing
- Audio Sequencing, Processing and Production
- MIDI Editing and Sequencing
- MIDI Processing and Production
Specific Course Requirements
EMU Facilities Access Provisions
This course will involve using the resources of the Electronic Music Unit (EMU). This includes facilities such as studios, recording spaces and digital audio workstations.
In order for students to complete the course they must gain ongoing and permanent access to EMU. Access and use of EMU is based upon completing the EMU Access Test. More information can be found here: https://music.adelaide.edu.au/emu/intranet/emu_guide/ (university login required).
Except where otherwise indicated by the lecturer, tutor or workshop instructor – mobile phones, laptops, PDAs, recording devices and other similar technology must be switched off before lessons or classes begin, and kept off for the duration .
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Name Description Due %
Type Online Tests Over the course of the semester students will assessed on their theoretical knowledge and be given the opportunity to self-review via short weekly online tests. The tests will examine theoretical and practical knowledge explored in the course. Note - No Late Submissions. During Scheduled Classes 20 1, 2, 3, 4 Summative Minor Audio Project Students will produce a short creative music or sound work incorporating audio concepts explored in the practical workshops. Concepts will include recording, editing, manipulating and sequencing samples. Note - No Late Submissions. Week 6 10 1, 2, 3, 4 Summative Minor MIDI Project Students will produce a short creative music or sound work incorporating MIDI concepts explored in the practical workshops. Concepts will include recording, editing, manipulating and sequencing MIDI data and instruments. Note - No Late Submissions. Week 12 10 1, 2, 3, 4 Summative Name Description Due %
Type Exam Students will complete an exam that will assess and evaluate their ability to identify, understand and explain key theoretical and practical concepts in the course. Note - No Late Submissions.
(refer to the section “SUBMISSION – Late Submission” for information on penalties)
Week 14 30 1, 2 Summative Name Description Due %
Type Project Students will complete a major project that represents a synthesis of creative, technical and theoretical concepts presented during the course. Note - Late submissions permitted. Week 15 30 2, 3, 4 Summative
Specific information regarding due dates is provided on myUni.
Classes will contain embedded formative assessment tasks that may include student presentations, discussions, practical exercises, demonstrations and out-of-class work that will enable students to engage with the practical and theoretical concepts presented in order to complete their summative assessments.
Assessment Related Requirements
All students must complete the requirements under “SPECIFIC COURSE REQUIREMENTS ‘EMU Facilities Access Provisions’”. Students who fail complete these items have failed the course.
All students must complete and submit all assessments. If a student fails to complete and submit all assessments by the due date and fails to produce the appropriate medical or compassionate certificates, the student may be deemed to have failed that course, irrespective of assignments previously completed. Further, the student will be deemed ineligible for supplementary assessments. Students should consult their respective lecturer, tutor or demonstrator for further information.
Attendance Expectation & Penalty
Students are expected to attend all classes. If a student fails to attend at least 70% of tutorials or workshops in a course and fails to produce the appropriate medical or compassionate certificates, the student is deemed to have failed that course, irrespective of assignments previously completed. Students who arrive 10 minutes or later after the start of a class will be marked as absent.
Extenuating circumstances may occasionally affect a student’s ability to participate in a rehearsal, workshop, class, lecture, tutorial or performance. In such cases leave may, upon application using the leave form (available from: (available from http://music.adelaide.edu.au/current/handbook/), be approved by the relevant staff member (this could be the Head of Studies, teacher, conductor, lecturer or course coordinator as appropriate). Types of leave include: sick leave; compassionate leave; and professional development leave.
Refer to “ASSESSMENT SUMMARY”
Assessments and Exams
Students must be available during the identified University teaching, academic and examination periods. Students are not entitled to sit an examination or submit an assessment at another time, nor are they entitled to any other concessions if an examination or assessment conflicts with a planned vacation or special event. Results from assessments and examinations are usually sent to students via email and/or myUni.
Assignments where late submissions are permitted and that are submitted after the due date and time will incur a 2% penalty (from the assignment total of 100%) per day (24 hour period) for a maximum of 7 days (including weekends and public holidays ).Example:
- an assignment that is 3 days late: raw score of 80% - 6 marks lateness deduction = 74% final mark.
- typically this does not apply to assessments where the assessment is conducted at a fixed time and location, such as an exam, workshop, practical test, performance or presentation – please refer to the individual assessments for further information.
- for work with a formal extension, these penalties will apply from the extended due date.
There will be a cut-off date for each assignment 7 days (including weekends and public holidays) after the original due date unless otherwise stipulated on MyUni. Work will not be accepted after the cut-off date, and a mark of zero will automatically be awarded for the assignment.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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