Digital Audio Arts Related Courses

Calendar provides complete course descriptions for all programs.

Music 2181 - Acoustics

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

An introduction to the physics and psychophysics of music with demonstrations of relevant phenomena and theories explaining them. Topics include studio and sonic environment design; the basic physics of music production including modes of oscillation of mechanical systems, resonance, feedback, and transmission; room reverberation and acoustics; and physical acoustics with applications to music.

Music 2510 - Introduction to Digital Audio

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

An introduction to the nature and properties of digital audio through theory and experiment. Max/MSP is used throughout the course as an experimental tool to investigate the technical principles of digital audio capture, storage, and processing, as well as the principles of other foundations of digital music technology. The requisite fundamentals of mathematics and physics that are required for an effective, informed sound engineering work are reviewed.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the B.Mus. program with a major in Digital Audio Arts
Note: Studio course.

Music 2550 - Audio Production Techniques

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 2-1-0

An examination of analog/digital recording, signal processing techniques, synchronization, MIDI systems and sequencing, studio audio capture techniques (microphone placement), editing, mastering, and aesthetic considerations. Pre-production and post-production define the two principle areas of discussion. These subjects are aligned and presented in conjunction with studio and professional sound engineering protocols.

Corequisite(s): Music 2510
Equivalent: Music 3850 (Audio Production Techniques) (prior to 2009/2010)

Music 3612 - Interactive Computer Music Performance and Production

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Exploration of present-day concepts of integrating technology with music, especially in relation to sensor-to-computer interfaces for creative expression and music production. Course activities are designed to give students the techniques and tools for creating their own interactive system and to prepare students for the increasing presence of interactive technology in the music studio and concert hall.

Prerequisite(s): Music 3670
Equivalent: Music 4610 (prior to 2014/2015)
Note: Studio course.

Music 3630 - Advanced Audio Production Techniques

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 1-2-0

Further exploration of the audio post-production techniques introduced in Music 2550 with a focus on advanced audio capture, editing, mixing, mastering, and product production techniques. Emphasis on training the ears of the students to perceive the aesthetic impact of their technical decisions. Coursework will culminate in the creation of a large-scale audio recording project that is in compliance with industry standard audio engineering protocols.

Prerequisite(s): Music 2550
Equivalent: Music 4630 (prior to 2013/2014)
Note: Studio course.

Music 3650 - Location Recording and Production

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 1-2-0

A continuation of Music 3630 using an apprenticeship model whereby students receive hands-on experience with on-site audio captures and reproductions. Focus on specific theoretical constructs and manipulation of live analog and digital recordings. Students will record and produce professional quality CD reproductions of faculty, student, and guest artist performances. Topics include microphone selection and placement, managing environmental anomalies, stereo versus multi-miking situations, real-time digital and analog processing, mastering, and the psychometrics of capturing live audio.

Prerequisite(s): Music 3460 AND Music 3630

Music 3670 - Audio Synthesis

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

This course provides the requisite technical background and theoretical framework for digital sound synthesis methods and audio processing techniques. It begins with a theoretical and practical study of spectral representation, spectral analysis, and spectral modification of sound. Digital sound synthesis and sound processing techniques are then presented as specific spectral models or as projected alterations of sonic structures. The capabilities, properties, and limitations of various types of audio processing for sound synthesis are explored.

Prerequisite(s): Music 2181 AND Music 2510
Note: Studio course.

Music 3734 - Portfolio and Music Industry

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

A survey of the present-day music industry. Students explore how to uncover and expose their musical passion and talent, while expanding their ability to organise professional opportunities, develop professional connections, and increase their potential to work in a competitive field. Models for the production, promotion, distribution, and sales of recorded and live music are studied. Students are required to propose and support new twenty-first century models that include the development of a professional web-based portfolio.

Prerequisite(s): Music 2550 OR 15 university-level courses (a minimum of 45.0 credit hours)

Music 3735 - Electronics for Music Applications

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

An introduction to the fundamentals of electricity, magnetism, and solid-state circuit design as it applies to music technology. Introduction to reading of technical schematics, electrical trouble-shooting, RF susceptibility issues, filtering, balanced and unbalanced lines, impedance, and digital encoding techniques.

Prerequisite(s): Music 2510
Note: Studio course.

Music 3738 - Systems for Computer Assisted Education

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

A survey of computer software and hardware available for music education in conjunction with a literature review of the use of technology in music curricula. The pedagogical approaches that utilize these systems will be examined and coupled with practical ‘hands-on’ learning and teaching experience. The materials explored include notation, recording, ear training, sampling, and sound generating tools.

Prerequisite(s): Music 2550

Music 4600 - Data Structures and Algorithms

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

An introduction to the data structures and algorithms utilized in the creation of symbolic computational models for computer-assisted composition and interactive computer music. Topics include data types, lists, arrays and structures, set complexes, groups, rhythm trees, symbolic models for compositional architecture, algorithm design, logical operators, and algorithms for interactive computer music.

Prerequisite(s): Music 3670
Note: Studio course.

Music 4632 - Programming for Music Applications

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

An introduction to various programming languages and systemic processes commonly used in computer applications for music. Topics include an introduction to algorithms and programming; data structures and programming techniques for the development of music and audio software and integrated system components (plug-ins); development of audio and control systems; advanced data structures; object-oriented programming; source code optimization for Digital Signal Processing (DSP) applications; and debugging techniques.

Prerequisite(s): Music 4600
Note: Studio course.

Music 4633 - Music Software Design

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

A continuation of Music 4632, this is an advanced course in the design, programming, debugging, and packaging of music software. Topics may include data compression and decompression algorithms; music and audio support in current programming languages; the development of object-oriented software for interactive and/or networked music and audio; and source code development for distribution and beta testing. Students will complete a large software application project.

Prerequisite(s): Music 4632

Music 4636 - Scoring for Film and Digital Media

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

An advanced composition course focusing on creating scores for film, documentaries, and digital media. A study of film/media music editing and compositional techniques from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Production of an original score using the techniques described and production/recording processes available.

Prerequisite(s): Music 3460
Note: Studio course.

Music 4637 - Audio Spatialization Techniques

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

An exploration of current methods and technologies for spatializing audio for studio mastering and live performance. Students will gain experience with software, hardware, and engineering techniques required to implement various mixing formats including stereo imaging, quadraphonic, octophonic, and 5.1 surround sound. Emphasis on the aesthetic impact of the mixing format on the musical material and on the articulation of compositional designs in a spatial dimension.

Prerequisite(s): Music 3670
Note: Studio course.

Music 4749 - Applied Research in Digital Audio Arts I

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

A research and creation course in which students receive instruction and direction with regards to project conception, development, production, and dissemination. Each student undertakes activities aimed at developing and maintaining their own research plan throughout the semester and improving their individual and collaborative presentation skills. A final research-creation production is required by the end of the course.

Prerequisite(s): Music 3612 AND Music 3670
Note: Studio course.

Music 4849 - Applied Research in Digital Audio Arts II

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

A research and creation course in which students receive instruction and direction with regards to project conception, development, production, and dissemination. Each student undertakes activities aimed at developing and maintaining their own research plan throughout the semester and improving their individual and collaborative presentation skills. A final research-creation production that illustrates the results of a student’s academic work in both Applied Research and the Digital Audio Arts major is required by the end of the course.

Prerequisite(s): Music 4749
Note: Studio course.