Electro-Acoustic Music

Subject MUSI30031 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

A quota applies.

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

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

120 hours


Permission of the coordinator.


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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.


Prof Stuart Greenbaum



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.

Learning Outcomes:

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 Specialisation (BH-MUS)
Composition Stream (B-MUS version 4 only)
Graduate Diploma and Certificate Elective subjects
Performance/ Composition/ Musicology/ Ethnomusicology Specialisation (B-MUS Version 5 only)

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