MUSC2274 Electronic Music: Experimental Investigations

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 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 2 elective
This unit builds upon MUSC1055 Electronic Music: Methods and Means, applying advanced concepts and techniques of sound design, composition and production toward the formation of new electronic music. Lectures critically and analytically explore contemporary genres of electronic music from around the globe and the compositional approaches and production techniques associated with them. Students experiment directly with these concepts and techniques in computer laboratory sessions to create toward the creation their own original electronic music compositions. Topics covered in the unit include form, temporality, rhythmic process and technique, sound recording, sampling, advanced digital sound synthesis and effects processing.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate proficiency with advanced compositional and production techniques of electronic music; (2) record, edit and manipulate sound samples to professional quality for use in electronic music and other sound design contexts; (3) understand and identify a variety of rhythmic patterns, processes and techniques; (4) structure time, and manipulate and develop rhythm to creative/artistic ends; and (5) demonstrate knowledge and critical awareness of contemporary genres and repertoire of electronic music.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) folio of creative work; (2) tutorial presentation; and (3) research essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the folio of creative work component.

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
Unit rules
MUSC1055 Electronic Music: Methods and Means
Contact hours
26 hours per semester (combination of lectures, labs and tutorials)
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.