MUSC9009 - Sound Synthesis

Title:Sound Synthesis
Long Title:Sound Synthesis & Manipulation
Module Code:MUSC9009
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Expert
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: MARIA JUDGE
Module Author: HUGH MC CARTHY
Module Description: The student will learn various techniques of sound synthesis and the practical application of these principles in a variety of software environments
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Display a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals of sound synthesis.
LO2 Creatively use of a variety of sound synthesis tools, as well as a working knowledge of several others.
LO3 Create new sounds, and emulate existing real-world sounds for use in other projects.
LO4 Creatively use different software and programming environments to manipulate audio related signals and hardware.
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.
No incompatible modules listed
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.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Sound Synthesis Techniques
Additive synthesis; Subtractive synthesis; Frequency modulation synthesis; Sampling; Composite synthesis; Phase distortion; Waveshaping; Granular synthesis;Vector synthesis; Physical modeling; Digital Signal Routing.
Audio Installations
Microcontrollers, Hacking hardware, Sensors
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project CSound Project 1,3 20.0 Week 4
Project CSound Project, Max/MSP 1,2,3,4 30.0 Week 7
Project Pure Data, CSound and other environments 1,2,3,4 50.0 Week 12
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
Lecture Theory 0.5 Every Week 0.50
Lab Application 1.5 Every Week 1.50
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) No Description 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Richard Boulanger (Ed.) 2000, The Csound Book: Perspectives in Software Synthesis, Sound Design, Signal Processing and Programming [ISBN: 978-0262522618]
  • Perry R. Cook 2002, Real Sound Synthesis for Interactive Applications, Routledge [ISBN: 978-1568811680]
  • Curtis Roads 1996, The Computer Music Tutorial, MIT Press [ISBN: ISBN:978-0262680820]
  • Richard Boulanger (Editor), Victor Lazzarini (Editor) 2010, The Audio Programming Book, The MIT Press [ISBN: 9780262014465]
  • Johannes Kreidler 2013, Loadbang, 2nd Ed., Wolke Verlagsges. MbH [ISBN: 9783955930554]
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_GMUTE_9 Master of Arts in Music and Technology 2 Mandatory
CR_GMUST_9 Master of Science in Music and Technology 2 Mandatory