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This course teaches students the techniques required to create musical works using the computer as a musical tool.
MUSA226 teaches fundamental studio techniques in digital sound creation and manipulation that can be applied in a range of different creative settings: Electronic Music, Soundscape, sound design, remixing, and more. Along the way they become familiar with some of the most significant historic and contemporary artistic trends in the creation of digital music. The culmination of the course is the creation of a portfolio of digital sound-based works: electroacoustic compositions, live electronic performances, EDM remixes, field recordings… or a brand new digital sound genre!Topics covered in this course include:• Basic principles of digital synthesis and sampling• Improvisation and performance with digital instruments• Introduction to realtime audio programming• Skills in software and hardware based sound design
The ability to create and manipulate sound material appropriate to their own creative goalsEssential sound design skillsAn understanding of systems for realtime audio programmingAn awareness of contemporary trends and practices in digital music makingTransferable SkillsIdentifying and conceptualising and solving problemsDecision-makingSelf-assessmentGoal-settingTime-management and meeting deadlinesDesign and construction skillsVerbal and written articulation skills
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Student workload (150 hours) will be allocated to:• 12 hours attending lectures• 24 hours attending tutorials• 18 hours attending composition workshops• 96 hours creating a digital portfolio of sound-based or musical worksIt is expected that all students enrolled in this course will attend all the Composition Workshops.
Reuben de Lautour
In addition to the assessment in this course you will be required to present at least one piece in the Composition Workshop. This is compulsory and required to pass the course.One work in the portfolio must make substantial use of the Max/MSP programming environment.
Domestic fee $867.00
International fee $4,000.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
Humanities and Creative Arts