MUSA226-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

The Creative Sound Studio

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


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

Learning Outcomes

  • The ability to create and manipulate sound material appropriate to their own creative goals
  • Essential sound design skills
  • An understanding of systems for realtime audio programming
  • An awareness of contemporary trends and practices in digital music making

    Transferable Skills
  • Identifying and conceptualising and solving problems
  • Decision-making
  • Self-assessment
  • Goal-setting
  • Time-management and meeting deadlines
  • Design and construction skills
  • Verbal and written articulation skills
    • University Graduate Attributes

      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.


Timetable Note

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 works

It is expected that all students enrolled in this course will attend all the Composition Workshops.

Course Coordinator

Reuben de Lautour


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Ceative Work Draft 1 10%
Creative Work Draft 2 10%
Sound Design Exercise 20%
Portfolio 60%

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.

Indicative Fees

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 .

All MUSA226 Occurrences

  • MUSA226-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020