Electro-Acoustic Music

Subject MUSI30031 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 two-hour lecture per week
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: Permission of the coordinator. A quota applies.
Corequisites: Composition 1 students must take this subject in their first year of acceptance into the Composition Specialisation. A quota applies
Recommended Background Knowledge: N/A
Non Allowed Subjects: N/A
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Assoc Prof Stuart Greenbaum


Faculty of the VCA and Music Student Centre
Email: vcam-info@unimelb.edu.au
Tel: +61 3 9685 9419
Fax: +61 3 9685 9358
Web: http://www.vcam.unimelb.edu.au/studentcentre
Subject Overview:

This subject covers basic studio use and, specifically, the analog recording of audio with microphones and the digital manipulation of that audio on computer. Students will develop a critical awareness of sounds and how they may be combined, treated and sculpted in creative ways. Topics covered include the historical development of electro-acoustic music and a study of relevant techniques including musique concrète, sound recording, digital processing and mixing.


On completion of the subject, students should be able to:

  • critically analyse isolated sounds and identify their features
  • evaluate the historical development of electro-acoustic music
  • demonstrate problem-solving skills in digital and analog studio configurations
  • create a digital stereo work (in CD-A format) from original analog sources.

An original electro-acoustic piece (3–5 minutes) composed in accordance with the course of study due at the end of semester (80%); one class presentation to be given during the semester as directed (20%)

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On completion of the subject, students should have:
  • the ability to analyse sound
  • the ability to work in complex studio environments
  • the ability to problem-solve using a logical framework.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Music
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Composition

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