Electro-Acoustic Music

Subject MUSI30031 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 two-hour lecture per week
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


Permission of the coordinator. A quota applies.


Composition 1 students must take this subject in their first year of acceptance into the Composition Specialisation. A quota applies

Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


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.


Contact Centre
T: 13 MELB (6352)
E: 13melb@unimelb.edu.au

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
VCA and MCM Student Centre
E: mcm-ugrad@unimelb.edu.au
W: www.conservatorium.unimelb.edu.au

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%)

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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 Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Composition
Composition Major
Graduate Diploma and Certificate Elective subjects
Music Studies Electives

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