MUSC1055 Electronic Music: Methods and Means

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Music: Electronic Music and Sound Design; Music Double Major major sequences
  • 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 exercise; (2) creative folio piece; and (3) 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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