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MUSC8042 - Music & Technology 6

Title:Music & Technology 6
Long Title:Music & Technology 6
Module Code:MUSC8042
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2020/21 ( September 2020 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: MARIA JUDGE
Module Author: HUGH MC CARTHY
Module Description: Multi-track Production and Basics of Digital Sound Synthesis. Advanced exploration in the recording studio and field work environments in conjunction with an introduction to sound synthesis.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate skill in the use of the multi-track and overdubbing capabilities of DAWs.
LO2 Effectively and creatively edit and manipulate audio samples using the tools, effects and plug-ins available to a variety of DAWs.
LO3 Skillfully manipulate and synthesize audio through the use of alternative software and input devices for computer music systems.
LO4 Demonstrate effective time-management and decision-making to optimise use of a recording studio booking.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

Any student wishing to enrol on Music & Technology 6 (MUSC8042) must have already successfully completed a CSM level 7 (intermediate) or level 8 (advanced) Lighting or Audio technology module, or its equivalent, in the preceding semester.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
History of multi-track recording
Multi-track Recording
Studio multi-track recording
Multi-track management
Making decisions that affect both the types of recordings made and the time-management involved in planning a recording session
Techniques of overdubbing
Introduction to the MAX family of programming environments, and Programming as a control environment for Audio
Alternative vs. Traditional input devices for Audio and Music
Sound Synthesis
Basics of Sound Synthesis and design
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Class observation of relevant skills - Recording Studio 1,4 10.0 Every Week
Performance Evaluation Class observation of relevant skills - Audio Lab 3 10.0 Week 5
Essay Short discussion on sound synthesis applications / platforms / programming languages. 2,3 15.0 Week 7
Critique Short report critiquing professionally released studio recording 1,4 15.0 Week 9
Project Interactive audio synthesis project & report 2,3 25.0 Sem End
Project Recording project & report 1,2,4 25.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lab Recording Studio 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lab Sound Synthesis 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Project work 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Johannes Kreidler 2013, Loadbang: Programming Electronic Music in Pure Data, Wolke Verlag [ISBN: 978-395593055]
  • Ken Greenebaum (Editor), Ronen Barzel (Editor) 2004, Audio Anecdotes III: Tools, Tips, and Techniques for Digital Audio [ISBN: 978-1568812151]
  • Howard Massey 2000, Behind the glass, Miller Freeman Books San Francisco [ISBN: 978-0879306144]
  • Howard Massey 2009, Behind the glass v. 2, Backbeat Books [ISBN: 978-0879309558]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GPOPM_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Popular Music 6 Elective
CR_GMUSC_8 Bachelor of Music (Honours) 6 Elective

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