MUSIC140-20A (NET)

Audio Tech: Communication and Creativity

15 Points

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Paper Description

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OVERVIEW

There are four main components: technical, historical/aesthetic, listening, and applied studies.

1. Technical Studies: The main technical considerations in using MIDI and simple digital audio generation and production equipment. This includes an overview of useful current software.

2. Historical Survey/Aesthetics: A survey of the interplay between Western music thinking and music technology inventions, and some of the stylistic results.

3. Listening: Covering the main aspects of musical thought in using new technology in music, and the analysis of electroacoustic/ experimental works.

4. Applied Studies: The operation of computer music equipment, and the creation and production/arrangement of creative works. All pieces must be submitted online via Moodle.

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Paper Structure

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There are two Lessons per week in this paper. Because this is an online paper, you are able to work through the lessons in your own time. However, the paper is designed to follow a week by week progression and we strongly recommend you keep up with the pace of these weekly modules.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Aesthetics, History and Listening
    Demonstrate understanding of the history and aesthetics of the artforms covered, and demonstrate engagement with material intellectually through written work, analysis and listening. This can only be achieved if recommended readings are completed.
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  • Technical, Practical, Composition
    Demonstrate understanding of the technical means to create work, the skills to get high quality audio output, compositional craft in realising works, and aesthetic clarity/ideas in the idiom of each assignment specification.
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Assessment

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Pro Tools Task
20 Mar 2020
No set time
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Quiz 1: history and theory
9 Apr 2020
No set time
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Creative Assignment 1: Plan
9 Apr 2020
No set time
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Quiz 2 Basic Studio Knowledge
28 Apr 2020
No set time
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Creative Assignment 1: Completed Work with Programme Note
30 Apr 2020
No set time
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Creative Assignment 2: Plan
8 May 2020
No set time
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
7. Creative Assignment 2: Completed Work and Programme Note
5 Jun 2020
No set time
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
8. Essay
29 May 2020
No set time
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Required Textbook

Collins, Schedel, Wilson. Electronic Music. Cambridge University Press, 2013

This is held as an eBook by the University of Waikato Library. It can be accessed through the Library catalogue or by following this link https://www-cambridge-org.ezproxy.waikato.ac.nz/core/books/electronic-music/4FD04D2A538AB21D7504B9CEA054DB4F

The Library also holds a hard copy of this book. If preferred, you may like to buy your own copy in either digital or paper form.

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Recommended Readings

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Recommended Reading

Collins, N. & D’Escrivan, J (eds). The Cambridge Companion to Electronic Music. CUP: 2007

Goodall, H. Big Bangs. London: Vintage, 2001.

Homles, T. Electronic and Experimental Music. Routledge, 2012.

Katz, M. Capturing Sound. How Technology Has Changed Music. UCP, 2010

Vella, R. Musical Environments. Currency Press, 2000. Vella, R. Sounds in Space, Sounds in Time. Boosey & Hawkes , 2003

Useful Books Include:

Electronic Music/MIDI

Music Composition

Cope, David New Directions in Music. (7th Ed) Dubuque. IA: William C.Brown, 2001.

Serials

As the field of new technology in music rapidly changes, you will find that books on the subject date quickly. Periodicals and magazines help to offset this. The following is a collection of reading sources that may help you in completing assignments.

Keyboard Magazine University Library

Computer Music Journal University Library

Organised Sound University Library

Wire University Library

Listening

Extensive and intelligent listening is one of the primary tools for developing an appreciation of electroacoustic music, and point to possibilities that you may use in your own work. Please make an effort to extend your knowledge of the repertoire at every opportunity. The Library holds a collection of experimental computer music. Examples from a wide stylistic repertoire will be played in class as part of the aesthetics lectures.

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Online Support

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A Moodle site is available with all materials associated with the course, and submission portal.

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Workload

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As this is a 15 point paper, you should expect to spend around 150 hours of learning time on it.
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Restricted papers: MUSI140

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