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Unit Overview


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.

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; Music; Contemporary Popular Music major sequences
  • Level 2 elective

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) creative folio piece #1 and (2) creative folio piece #2. 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 creative folio piece #1 component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr. Christopher Tonkin
Unit rules
MUSC1055 Electronic Music: Methods and Means
or MUSC1442 Contemporary Popular Music Principal Studies 2
Contact hours
26 hours per semester (combination of lectures, labs and tutorials)
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.