MUSC1055 Electronic Music: Methods and Means

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Music: Electronic Music and Sound Design major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Design and Creative Arts
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
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.
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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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)
Dr. Christopher Tonkin
Contact hours
lectures and labs: 26 hours per semester
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