UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

MUSC1055 Electronic Music: Methods and Means

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 option in the Fine Arts major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science students
  • Level 1 elective
Content This unit introduces the fundamental concepts and techniques of sound design, composition and production toward the formation of new electronic music. Lectures provide historical context, and a framework for analysis and criticism, examining the practice of the discipline from its origins through to the present day. Students experiment directly with historical and contemporary techniques to contextualise and facilitate the creation of their own original electronic music compositions in computer laboratory sessions. Topics covered in the unit include electronic music history and practice, composition, sound synthesis, sound editing, effects processing, mixing, production, and the World Wide Web as a creative resource and means of dissemination.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) demonstrate proficiency with the fundamentals of rhythm and beatmaking; (2) demonstrate proficiency with the fundamental techniques of electronic music creation; (3) exploit the potential of the internet as a creative resource and a means of dissemination of music and ideas; (4) demonstrate theoretical knowledge of and practical proficiency with the fundamentals of analogue sound synthesis and digital music production; and (5) demonstrate knowledge and critical awareness of historical and contemporary methods, genres and repertoire of electronic music.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) creative folio piece number 1; (2) creative folio piece number 2; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Assistant Professor Christopher Tonkin
Contact hours lectures and labs: 26 hours per semester
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/MUSC1055/SEM-2/2017

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