Bachelor of Music - Music Technology Year 1 Unit Outline

Unit of Study - Music Technology

The following applies to Year One Bachelor of Music students.

Unit Outlines

Unit Name

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

Unit Code

MUSTEC 101

Unit Duration

Year long unit over 4 terms

Year Level

One

Module

Sequencing

Module Code

MUSTES1001

Year Coordinator

Dr Matthew Fields

Unit Coordinator

Dr Ern Knoop

Teaching Staff

Lecturer:      Bernadette Norton
Sessionals: Dr Merv Leeding, Trevor McQuade, Bradley Eustace, Robert Styles

Core/Elective

Core

Pre/Co-requisites

Nil

Credit Points

2 per term; 8 per year
Course total = 24

Mode of Delivery

 Face to face
Online
Distance/independent learning (un-timetabled)
Full-time
Part-time
External

Delivery/ Contact Hours per week

Lecture - 1 hour
Tutorial n/a
Personal Study recommended - 2 hours

Award(s)

Bachelor of Music

Resource Requirements

  • MIDI Keyboard
  • MIDI Interface
  • Software
  • Computing resource requirements
  • Technical Help

             

Unit Aims

The aim of this unit is to develop strong knowledge in music technology, sound production and the use of equipment 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 four terms.

 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 think critically to apply knowledge effectively.
  3. Communicate information and ideas effectively in both written and oral formats.

Teaching Outline

Year 1

SEQUENCING

Term One

SEQUENCING

  • Introduction to sequencing software
    • Adobe Audition
    • Sonar
    • Logic
    • Steinberg Cubase
    • Reaper
    • PRO TOOLS
  • Introduction to Digital Boss Recording Mixer.

PRACTICAL SESSIONS

  • Create a basic 3 – 5 track audio recording
  • Create a basic 3 – 5 track MIDI recording
  • Create a basic 3 – 5 audio and MIDI recording

Term Two

SOUND

  • Nature of Sound
  • Frequency
  • The Decibel
  • Acoustics
  • Soundproofing
  • Microphones & preamplifiers

PRACTICAL SESSIONS

  • Create and edit basic 5 – 8 track recording using audio and MIDI
  • Create, edit and utilise external audio loops, external MIDI tracks to produce a final recording
  • Create a mix of 3 audio tracks demonstrating editing skills and advanced knowledge of sequencing software
  • Introduction and basic use of effects and plugins in recordings

Term Three

RECORDING

  • Recording Techniques
  • Instrument miking
  • Live recording
  • Classical recording
  • A music producers role in relation to recording
  • Musicians and recording
  • Music engineering
  • Equipment

PRACTICAL SESSIONS

  • Create and edit an intermediate level 5 – 8 track recording using audio and MIDI, external loops and MIDI tracks
  • Create, edit and utilise previous knowledge while using effects, EQ, sound manipulation in a recording

Term Four

SEQUENCING

  • Effects & Plug-ins
  • Use of Bus sends
  • Delay and Reverb
  • History of reverb
  • Distortion
  • Time-domain effects
  • Pitch changing
  • Stereo or mono
  • Mixing
  • Control Room
  • Mastering
  • Compression
  • Equalization (EQ)

PRACTICAL SESSIONS

  • 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:

Required textbook(s)
Online books/video access (Moodle)

  • AGME - Music Technology Lecture Books
  • AGME - Adobe Audition Textbook
  • AGME – Pro Tools Textbook
  • AGME – Digital Boss Recorder Teaching Aid
  • Additional lecture notes uploaded to MOODLE when required
  • Oxford Music Online, a subscription to Grove Music Online includes The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians 2/e, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, the new Grove Dictionary of Jazz 2/e, The Oxford Companion to Music and The Oxford Dictionary of Music 2/e, plus updated content bibliographies, specially-commissioned articles only available online, and new and revised entries from the forthcoming The Grove Dictionary of American Music.
  • JSTOR Journals and book subscriptions
  • Lynda.com video tutorials

Reference Materials
Online streaming video and additional referencing videos.  DVD’s are available upon request and given/posted to students in groups, students upon completion of viewing are required to return them and then they will be supplied the next group of DVD’s.
Music and Technology in the Twentieth Century by Hans-Joachim Braun
Music Technology from Scratch by Mortimer Rhind-Tutt
101 Recording Tips
Home recording for musicians for dummies by Jeff Strong
Experiencing Music Technology David Williams
Creative Sequencing Techniques by Andrea Pejrolo

Charles Taylor and Murray Campbell. "Sound." Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 22 Sep. 2014. <http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/26289>.

Kyle Devine. "Electronic instruments." Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 22 Sep. 2014. <http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/A2256456>.

Arthur W.J.G. Ord-Hume, et al. "Recorded sound." Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 22 Sep. 2014. <http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/26294>.

Will Fulton. "Sampling and sequencing, hip hop." Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 22 Sep. 2014. <http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/A2225524>.

Edmund A. Bowles. "Instruments and technology." Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 22 Sep. 2014. <http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/49848>.

Oliver Wang. "Beat-making." Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 22 Sep. 2014. <http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/A2218626>.

Gordon Mumma, et al. "Recording." The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd ed. Ed. Barry Kernfeld. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 22 Sep. 2014. <http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/J371600>.

Ronald W. Rodman. "Television music." Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 22 Sep. 2014. <http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/A2252468>.

Mervyn Cooke. "Film music." Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 22 Sep. 2014. <http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/09647>.

Student assessment 

Assessment Type

When assessed

Weighting
(% of total unit marks)

Learning Outcomes Assessed

Assessment 1a
Type: Practical
Word length: n/a
Topic: Sequencing/Recording Task
Record one piece with 3 good quality tracks into sequencing software demonstrating musicality at a basic to intermediate standard.

Term 1 Week 9

10%

1, 2

Assessment 1b
Type: Assignment
Word length: 2000
Topic: 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.

Term 1 Week 9

10%

1, 2, 3

Assessment 2a
Type: Practical
Word length: n/a
Topic: Sequencing/Recording Task
Record one piece with 4 good quality tracks into sequencing software demonstrating musicality, and using editing tools and plugins.

Term 2
Week 9

10%

1, 2

Assessment 2b
Type: Assignment
Word length: 1000
Topic: Sequencing Software Appraisal
Research and present an appraisal report on one or two sequencing software programs.

Term 2
Week 9

5%

 

 

 

 

1, 2, 3

 

 

 

 

Assessment 2c
Type: Assignment
Word length: 1000
Topic: 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.

Term 2
Week 9

5%

1, 2, 3

Assessment 3a
Type: Practical
Word length: n/a
Topic: Sequencing/Recording Task
Record one piece with 5 good quality tracks into sequencing software demonstrating musicality, using editing tools loops and plugins.

Term 3
Week 9

10%

1, 2

Assessment 3b
Type: Assignment
Word length: 1000
Topic: Recording Studio Set Up
Research and present a comprehensive report on fitting out a recording studio with recording equipment, including rationales for choices.

Term 3
Week 9

5%

 

 

1, 2, 3

 

 

 

Assessment 3c
Type: Assignment
Word length: 1000
Topic: Recording Live Music
Prepare a detailed report on how to record live music using a range of research resources, including practical experience.

Term 3
Week 9

5%

1, 2, 3

Assessment 4a
Type: Practical
Word length: n/a
Topic: Sequencing/Recording Task
Create an accompanying musical background piece that compliments a video trailer of your choice. Record 6 good quality tracks into sequencing software using editing tools. Final mix should be to the standard of a professional engineer.

Term 4
Week 9

30%

1, 2

Assessment 4b
Type: Assignment
Word length: 1000
Topic: Sequencing Effects
Prepare a report on two to 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.

Term 4
Week 9

5%

 

 

1, 2, 3

 

 

Assessment 4c
Type: Assignment
Word length: 1000
Topic: Sequencing: Mastering, Compression and Equalization
Prepare a report on Mastering, Compression and Equalization that analyses relevance, use, sound comparisons, history and development.

Term 4
Week 9

5%

1, 2, 3

 

Graduate Attributes

Successfully completing this unit will contribute to the recognition of attainment of the following graduate attributes.


A. Research, critical thinking and inquiry

Learning Outcomes

A1. adjust knowledge to new circumstances to problem solve creatively and with imagination in public performance/professional practice

1

A2. research, analyse, evaluate, think critically, organize evidence clearly and logically in a range of circumstances, including written work, performance and professional practice

 2, 3

B. Knowledge and Skills

 

B1. knowledge of music technologies required in performance/professional practice

1

B2. advanced knowledge of music theory, aural, and performance/professional practice in either solo or group settings

 

C. Communication

 

C1. communicate effectively to a variety of audiences using oral,  written, audio and visual applications to extend learning, (including while directing ensemble groups, instrumental tutoring,  and other professional practice), and utilising  assessment, negotiation and understanding

3

C2. ability to contribute to teams and resolve conflicts whilst supervising group tasks, performing or other professional practice

 

D. Independent Learning

 

D1. independent learning in a self-directed manner while being able to reflect on and evaluate work practices and performance to achieve goals

1, 2

E. Creative and Professional Understanding

 

E1. demonstrate professional understanding and respect for standards of current music knowledge, pedagogy, performance/professional practice.

1

E2. open to innovative concepts, procedures and philosophies in performance/professional practice and application of creativity.

2