MUSONIC 2310 - Computer Music Composition 2
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code MUSONIC 2310 Course Computer Music Composition 2 Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites MUSONIC 1000, MUSONIC 1220 Assumed Knowledge Basic understanding of the role of technology in the creation and performance of music Course Description This course examines of the link between human-computer interaction and the creative and technical practice of sound and music making. This course will develop a theoretical and practical understanding of computer music composition. Focus is placed on acquiring programming skills for implementation of compositional algorithms. Students will engage with a number of topics, including conceptual frameworks, contemporary practices and practitioners; 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 human computer interaction and sound and music; 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 computer music.
Course Coordinator: Mr Christian HainesMr. Stephen Whittington
Course Co-ordinator, Lecturer
Dr. Sebastian Tomczak
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
The objectives of this course are:
1. to develop an awareness of the historical context in which computer-assisted composition evolved and its
development to the present day
2. to develop an understanding of the underlying principles of computing and music viewed as formal systems
3. to develop an understanding of the various ways in which computers can assist in the process of musical composition
4. to enhance problem solving skills in the field of computer composition
5. to allow students to explore creative methods using computers, leading to the composition of musical works
Learning outcomes are:
(1) Knowledge of the historical context of computer music
(2) Ability to analyse formal systems and apply them to music
(3) Ability to apply algorithmic methods to musical composition
(4) Ability to write programs to realise compositions with algorithmic structures
(5) Ability to solve problems in programming and implementation
(6) Ability to distinguish between technical and aesthetic aims, and to be able to articulate both aspects of a project
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.
2, 3, 4, 5
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 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
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.
- Material relating to lectures and workshops is available online.
- Extensive documentation and tutorials for the software used in this course (Cycling 74's Max/MSP) is available online.
- Cycling'74 Max: Cloud licenses available to enrolled students.
- 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.
Sound Levels & Hearing ProtectionThis 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
Online LearningExtensive reading, online tutorials, web links, discussion forums and other material is available online.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLecture (online)
Workshops (2 hours)
No information currently available.
Learning Activities SummaryRegular completion of weekly exercises is essential for success in this course.
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.
a. Major project
(composition) 45% Learning Objectives: 1,2,4,5
b. Research project 30% Learning Objectives: 1,3,4
exercises 15% Learning Objectives: 4,5
d. Minor project. 5% Learning Objectives: 1,2, 4
e. Major project proposal 5% Learning Objectives: 1, 4, 5
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)
The major project will be a composition implementing ideas presented during this
course. It must be realised using MaxMSP. The composition must demonstrate a
clear understanding of major concepts presented in this course.
Programming exercises are progressive exercises developing skills in specific programming techniques
which will be completed throughout the semester. Due dates for will be given
through the semester.
The research project will be an essay of 1500 words on a topic relevant to this course.
The project may be related to a composer, an approach to computer-assisted
composition, a specific example of computer music, or to a philosophical topic
related to computer music. It is expected that this research will also inform
the major project composition.
All assignments are to be submitted electronically. Assignments will not be marked after the due date.
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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