Bachelor of Music - Music Technology Year 2 Unit Outline

Unit of Study - Music Technology

Sequencing

The following applies to Year Two Bachelor of Music students.

Unit Outlines

Unit Name

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY: Sequencing

Unit Code

MUSTEC 201

Unit Description In this unit students will learn how to:
  • “Sequencing” 201 will develop students’ creative, technical, music knowledge and compositional skills when utilising and exploring sequencing software’s functions to create professional recordings.
  • Knowledge and skills will be advanced in applying required manipulation and synchronisation of audio and video.  This unit will develop students’ problem solving, critical thinking, research, creative and communication skills. 
  • Assessments and training of software and equipment will focus on applications and knowledge required in music industry-related careers.
Award(s) Bachelor of Music
Unit Duration 1 Semester (12 weeks)
Level Year Two, Semester 1
Unit Coordinator Bernadette Norton
Teaching Staff Bernadette Norton
Core/Elective Core
Pre/Co-requisites A pass in Music Technology 101
Credit Points 10 credit points

Mode of Delivery

x Face to face
x E-learning (online)
o Ontensive/block mode (where the unit or a face to face component is delivered in a block)
x Distance/independent learning (un-timetabled)
x Full-time
x Part-time
o External
o Fast track

Student Workload
Delivery/ Contact Hours

No. timetabled hours per week:
  • Lecture - 1 hour
  • Practical Session – 1 hour
  • Tutorial - n/a
  • Personal Independent Study – 6 hours
Total hours per week - 8 hours

Resource Requirements

  • MIDI Keyboard  (USB preferred, MIDI interface required if not)
  • Computing resource requirements
  • External Technical Help

Resources Provided

  • Soundation Sequencing Software (Cloud)
  • Online streaming video and additional referencing videos.
  • DVD’s are available for loan upon request and given/posted to students
  • Library resources (see prescribed or recommended texts below).

             

Unit Aims

The aim of this unit is to develop student’s knowledge towards the creation of music in sound production. Students will gain knowledge and understanding in music technology, and the use of equipment and sequencing software to a professional standard with the ability to apply this knowledge effectively to a range of situations. Students will be able to research current technologies and apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to create recordings of a high standard. Students will also gain knowledge of safe practices in the use of equipment and the ability to apply these practices. Students’ abilities will progress over the semester.

             

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate sound knowledge of ICT sound production, musical equipment and sequencing with the ability to apply knowledge effectively.
  2. Research and evaluate current music technologies and equipment and use critical thinking skills to apply knowledge effectively.
  3. Communicate information and ideas effectively in both written and oral formats.

             

Teaching Outline

Year 2
SEQUENCING
Weeks 1 to 3
SEQUENCING
  1. Introduction to sequencing software
    1. Soundation Cloud
    2. Audacity Live & PRO TOOLS
    3. Introduction to Digital Boss Recording Mixer.
PRACTICAL SESSIONS
  1. Create a basic 3 – 5 audio and MIDI recording
  2. Create and edit basic 5 – 8 track recording using audio and MIDI
Weeks 4 - 6
SOUND
  1. Nature of Sound
  2. Frequency & the Decibel
  3. Acoustics & Soundproofing
  4. Microphones & preamplifiers
PRACTICAL SESSIONS
  1. Create, edit and only utilise external audio loops to produce a musical piece.
  2. Create a mix of 3 audio tracks demonstrating editing skills and advanced knowledge of sequencing software
Weeks 7 - 9
RECORDING
  1. Recording Techniques
  2. Instrument miking
  3. Live and Studio recording
  4. Classical in comparison to Modern music recording
  5. Musicians and recording
  6. Equipment
PRACTICAL SESSIONS
  1. Introduction and basic use of effects and plugins in 1 recording
  2. Create and edit an intermediate level 5 – 8 track recording using audio loops and MIDI tracks while utilising previous knowledge when using effects, EQ, sound manipulation in a recording
Weeks 10 - 12
SEQUENCING
  1. Effects & Plug-ins
  2. Use of Bus sends
  3. Delay and Reverb
  4. Distortion
  5. Pitch changing
  6. Stereo or mono
  7. Mixing
  8. Mastering
  9. Compression
  10. Equalization (EQ)
PRACTICAL SESSIONS
  1. Create a recording to a video trailer demonstrating use of editing and FX while using effects, EQ, sound manipulation, audio, MIDI, external loops and MIDI tracks

             

Prescribed and recommended readings:

Library Resources
A subscription to Oxford Music Online and to Grove Music Online which includes:

  • The Grove dictionary of American music (2nd ed.).
  • The new Grove dictionary of jazz (2nd ed.).
  • The new Grove dictionary of music and musicians (2nd ed.).
  • The new Grove dictionary of opera.
  • The Oxford companion to music.
  • The Oxford dictionary of music (2nd ed.).

Plus, updated content bibliographies, specially-commissioned articles only available online.

A subscription to JSTOR Journals and books
A subscription to Lynda.com video tutorials

Reference Materials
Bowles, E.A. (2014) Instruments and technology. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved from:
https://doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.49848
Case. A.U. (2013). Digital Audio Workstation [DAW]. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved from:
https://doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.A2256346
Cooke, M. (2001). Film music. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved from
https://doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.09647
Davies, H. (2001). Sound effects. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved from
https://doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.47631
Fulton, W. (2012). Sampling and sequencing, hip hop. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved from:
https://doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.A2225524
Mumma, G., Rye, H., Kernfeld, B., & Sheridan, B. (2003). Recording. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved from:
https://doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.J371600
Ord-Hume, A.W.J.G., Weber, J.F., Borwick, J. & Shorter, D.E.L. (2001). Recorded sound. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved from:
https://doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.26294
Pejrolo, A. (2012) Creative Sequencing Techniques. Oxford: Focal Press
Smith, B. (2014). Plug-in. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved from
https://doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.L2294622
Smith, B. (2014). Virtual instrument [software synthesizer]. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved from:
https://doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.L2295003
Smith, B. (2014). Ableton. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved from
https://doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.L2261064
St. James, A. (2004). 101 Recording Tips. Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard. 
Strong, J. (2014). Home recordings for musicians for dummies (5th ed). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
Taylor, C. & Campbell, M. (2001). Sound. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved from:
https://doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.26289
Wang, O. (2014) Beat-making. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved from
https://doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.A2218626

             

Student assessment 

Assessment Type

When assessed

Weighting
(% of total unit marks)

Learning Outcomes Assessed

Assessment 1
Type: Practical
Length: 2 minutes
Topic: Sequencing/Recording Task

Record one original live piece with 3 good quality tracks into 2 separate sequencing software programs.  (Use of Soundation Cloud is compulsory).  The piece is to demonstrate musicality at a basic to intermediate standard while students critically analyse the capabilities found in both software programs. Students are to use favoured sequencing software to create remaining practical assessments.

Week 3

10%

1, 2

Assessment 2a
Type: Practical
Length: 2 minutes
Topic: Sequencing/Recording Task

Create an accompaniment to be used for your next ensemble performance with 5 live (MIDI & Audio) good quality tracks into sequencing software demonstrating musicality, using editing tools and plugins.

Week 6

15%

1, 2

Assessment 2b
Type: Research Assignment
Length: 450 words
Topic 1: Nature of Sound
Research and present a submission based on your chosen topic in Sound. Discuss the history and progress of the nature of sound for your chosen topic/s and provide comparisons for different products.
Topic 2: Software and Hardware Proposal
Research and create a proposal recommending software and hardware that best fits the needs of your hypothetical scenario to a set budget.

Week 6

15%

1, 2, 3

Assessment 3
Type: Practical
Length: 2 minutes
Topic: Sequencing/Recording Task
Record one original piece with 4 good quality tracks (Tracks are to consist of pre-recorded audio loops only) into sequencing software demonstrating musicality, and using editing tools and plugins.

Week 9

15%

1, 2

Assessment 4a
Type: Practical
Length: 2 minutes
Topic: Sequencing/Recording Task

Create an accompanying musical background piece that compliments a video trailer of your choice. Record 6 good quality tracks (compulsory - 1 live mic track, 1 MIDI, 1 pre-recorded audio loop) into sequencing software using editing tools. Final mix should be to the standard of a professional engineer.

Week 12

30%

1, 2

Assessment 4b
Type: Report
Length: 450
Topic 1: Sequencing: Effects, Mastering, Compression and Equalization
Prepare a report on two or three effects that you have used.  Reflect on how and why these were used and whether they met expectations and undertake further research on the development and history of the effects.  Mastering, Compression and Equalization that analyses relevance, use, sound comparisons, history and development.
Topic 2: Recording Live and Studio Music
Prepare a detailed report on how to record live and studio music using a range of research resources, including practical experience.

Week 12

15%

1, 2, 3

  

Course Outcomes

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Course Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should be able to:

Unit Learning Outcomes

Assessments

1 A broad knowledge of the applied, theoretical and historical  basis of the discipline

1, 2, 3

1, 2a, 3, 4a

2 A depth of disciplinary knowledge in a professionally applicable specialisation

1

1, 2a, 2b, 3, 4a, 4b

3 An understanding of the processes of musical scholarship and research

2, 3

2b, 4b

4 The ability to work both independently and collaboratively in diverse and complex musical settings

1

1, 2a, 3, 4a

5 Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills

1

1, 2a, 3, 4a

6 Critical thinking and analytical skills appropriate  to a range of contexts including further study 3 1, 2a, 2b, 3, 4a, 4b
7 The ability to apply specific musical skills to a wide range of professional contexts 2, 3 1, 2a, 2b, 3, 4a, 4b
8 The capacity to apply technological and creative solutions to contemporary musical practices 1 1, 2a, 3, 4a
9 The ability to incorporate knowledge from the business and legal fields to a portfolio career in the music profession.

1

1, 2a, 3, 4a

  

Graduate Attributes

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Graduate Attribute

Successful completion of this unit will contribute to the attainment of the following graduate attributes:

Unit Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Assessments

1 Deep disciplinary knowledge 1 1, 2 1, 2a, 3, 4a
2 The ability to apply knowledge and skills in innovative ways 1, 2 3, 4, 8 1, 2a, 3, 4a
3 A commitment to lifelong learning 1 1, 6 2b, 4b
4 Effective communication skills for diverse contexts 3 5 1, 2a, 2b, 3, 4a, 4b
5 The capacity to work independently and collaboratively 1 4 1, 2a, 3, 4a