MUSONIC 1220 - Sonic Arts
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code MUSONIC 1220 Course Sonic Arts Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites MUSONIC 1000 Restrictions Priority is given to BMus and BCtveArts students but available to all students Course Description Sonic Arts involves the artistic and technical application of sound. This course will develop an understanding of sonic arts fundamentals in a range of areas that may include: sound design, sound phenomenology, film sound, game sound, acoustic ecology, ringtones, product design, sonic iconography, sound logos and multimedia audio. This will be achieved by theoretically and practically exploring the concept of sonic arts through lectures, tutorials and workshops. In particular students will examine a range of techniques such as: music concrete, Foley, sound processing, synthesis, sound effects, procedural audio and sound programming; complete readings and listening; and perform practical exercises that promote investigative learning and research. The course has the following learning objectives: facilitate new understandings and exploratory approaches in sonic arts practice; extend knowledge and develop new artistic and technical skills in sound creation and design; and promote a learning process and reflexive skill set with regard to future practice, thus enabling students to adapt to the ever expanding and rapidly changing area of sonic arts and related areas of sound design.
Course Coordinator: Dr Sebastian TomczakStaff:
Lecturer / Tutor / Workshop Instructor
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
- To provide students with new understandings and exploratory approaches in sonic arts theory and practice.
- To equip students with knowledge and develop new artistic and technical skills in sound creation and design.
- To develop students learning processes and reflexive skill set with regard to future practice, thus enabling students to adapt to the ever expanding and rapidly changing area of sonic arts and related 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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
- USB Stick or portable hard drive with enough capacity to store files associated with the course and formatted as "exFAT" to provide suitable compatability between MacOS and Windows.
- Stereo headphones with a 6.5mm male adaptor. Recommended Type: Closed-Back, Over-the-Ear Headphones.
- Note – students must bring both their USB storage and Headphones (with adaptor) to university, as they are required for various classes, completing exercises and for using laboratories and studios.
This course may require using spaces where a dB meter has been installed. If you exceed the set dB limit for the space, the lights will flash. Students found exceeding these levels will have their booking privileges revoked for two weeks, and repeat offenders may have their booking privileges revoked for the remainder of the academic year.
In order to minimise risk in noise-prone situations, the Conservatorium makes both reusable gel ear-plugs and disposable foam ear-plugs available to students and staff free of charge at all times. Students and staff are also urged to consider purchase of customised personal hearing protection.
For more information regarding sound levels, hearing and hearing loss please refer both to the full content of the O'Brien Report and to the excellent publication by Canadian audiologist/academic Marshall Chasin, entitled Hear the Music: Hearing Loss Prevention for Musicians both available here: https://arts.adelaide.edu.au/music/health-safety-and-wellbeing
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/>.
- "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:
The Music Collection is located in the Barr Smith Library (Level 1 South) and is an excellent source for music, literature and recordings: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/library/collections/music-collection
Bibliography and references are to be cited according to the Music Referencing Guide: http://libguides.adelaide.edu.au/music_referencing
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 online lectures, tutorials and workshops.
- Online lectures will deliver a specific topic each week. The topic will consist of ideas and concepts; technologies; and practitioners in the field. Students must view the online lecture prior to the attending the tutorial.
- 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.
- 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 seminars 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
In order to be relevant, contemporary and up-to-date, this course uses a reflexive ‘just-in-time’ organisation that adjusts its structure and delivery according to the most current changes in the field, lecture-centred research practice and peer-student interest. The structure of the course is broken down into a range of topics and more specific sub-topics that vary according to changes in the field. Each of the topics 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”.
Topics will vary and may include:
- sound art
- sound composition
- sound programming
- game sound
- film sound
- electroacoustic music
- acoustic ecology
- product acoustic design
- sonic iconography
- sound logos
- sound objects
- multimedia audio
- listening techniques, conceptual and analytical frameworks
- sound design and music technologies
- design techniques, concepts and issues
- sound processing
- sound effects
- procedural audio
- spatial audio
- virtual reality
Specific Course RequirementsEMU 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:Other Expectations
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 Group Discovery Students will be required to fully participate and engage with the weekly lecture topic and associated materials by producing a summary that forms the foundation of a small group discovery experience in each tutorial. Prior to
20 2, 3, 4 Summative Sound Portfolio (1) & (2) Students will complete a series of workshop exercises that produce two portfolios of sound. The portfolios of sound will form a foundation in technique, knowledge and creative materials for the end of semester Creative Project. The exercises will typically involve: sound object exploration, portable field recording, experimental microphone techniques, physical sound creation, advanced and experimental sound editing and processing. Week 4 &
20 1, 2, 3, 4 Summative Name Description Due %
Type Research Paper Students will complete a research paper that will assess and evaluate their ability to identify, understand and explain key theoretical and practical concepts in the course. Week 13 30 1, 2 Summative Name Description Due %
Type Creative Project Students will complete a major project in the field of the Sonic Arts. The major project will represent a combination of creative, technical and theoretical concepts presented during the course.
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 RequirementsHurdle Assessment
All students must complete the requirements under “SPECIFIC COURSE REQUIREMENTS ‘EMU Facilities Access Provisions’”. Students who fail to complete these items may be deemed to have failed the course.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 the student may be deemed to have failed that course, irrespective of assessments completed. Students who arrive 10 minutes or later after the start of a class will be marked as absent.Leave of Absence – Sickness, Compassionate and Professional Development
Extenuating circumstances may occasionally affect a student’s ability to participate in a rehearsal, workshop, class, lecture, tutorial or performance. In such cases a student should email their course coordinator regarding the circumstances within 7 days and include the following information:
- Type of Leave: Sick Leave, Compassionate Leave or Professional Development Leave
- Student Name
- Student ID
- Dates of Leave
- Total Number of Days
- Reason for Absence
- Supporting Documentation (e.g. medical certicificate, counsellor note etc)
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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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