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MUSI1019 Introduction to Music Technology

Module Overview

This module discusses the fundamentals of Music technology– analogue and digital audio, MIDI, system components (sequencers, digital audio workstations, synthesisers, samplers, processors, etc); important examples of specific electronic music and audio technology and their impact; practical MIDI sequencing.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

- Enable students to gain an understanding of the history and development of electronic Music Technology, from its earliest origins through to today. - Introduce students to standard music and audio protocols such as MIDI, .WAV, mp3, etc. - Introduce students to computer-based music composition and editing systems.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • History and development of electronic Music Technology
  • The purpose and functions of a range of electronic audio and music devices
  • The practical applications of professional composition software using basic functions.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Describe major developments in Music Technology
  • Make connections between changes in technology and changes in music composition/production
  • Explain the organization and applications of MIDI.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Use computing and IT resources as relevant to the domain
  • Work independently and demonstrate critical self-awareness
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Use a range of techniques to enter musical data into software
  • Deploy a range of editing techniques to manipulate musical data on computer
  • Produce a basic mix of musical material combining a number of sources.

Syllabus

The module introduces music technology fundamentals – analogue and digital audio, MIDI, system components (sequencers, digital audio workstations, synthesisers, samplers, processors, etc); important examples of specific electronic music and audio technology and their impact; practical MIDI sequencing.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: - Lectures - Demonstrations - Group tutorials. Learning activities include: - Independent study/research - Practical work using Music software

TypeHours
Completion of assessment task60
Practical classes and workshops8
Revision20
Wider reading or practice40
Supervised time in studio/workshop2
Preparation for scheduled sessions6
Lecture14
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Francis Rumsey. Sound and recording : an introduction. 

Music, sound, and technology. Music, sound, and technology. 

Thom, Holmes. Electronic and experimental music: pioneers in technology and composition. 

Andrea Pejrolo. Creative Sequencing Techniques for Music Production.. 

Sound on Sound. Music technolgy magazine

Sound synthesis and sampling. 

Kevin Anker. Logic Pro X Power! – electronic book. 

Pinch & Trocco. Analog days: the invention and impact of the Moog synthesizer. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

- Formative assessments designed to provide informal, on-module feedback. - In-class assessments to test technical and contextual knowledge. - Practical sequencing assignment.

Formative

Exercises and Quizzes

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
In-class Test  (45 minutes) 20%
In-class Test  (45 minutes) 20%
Practical assignment and write-up  () 60%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment  () 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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