Digital Music and Media Core units

Digital Music and Media

Students undertaking the Digital Music and Media Program must complete 72 credit points of core units comprising of:
(a) 36 credit points of Program Focus units* set out in the below table;
(b) 18 credit points of discipline specific core units set out in the below table;
(c) 18 credit points of Composition Studies electives set out in the Composition Studies unit of study table.
*Please note Advanced Digital Composition 1-2 taught in 4th year will be introduced in 2021.

Program Focus units

CMPN1220 Foundations of Digital Music and Media

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Benjamin Carey Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1 x 2hr lecture/week, 1 x 1hr tutorial/week Assessment: Listening test (30%), Production Analysis Presentation (30%), Final Essay (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Foundations of Digital Music will provide students with a broad understanding of the theoretical concepts of digital music. The unit includes a historical overview in the development of sound-based composition and creativity from its initial beginnings with the advent of sound recording through to the emergence of computer-based applications to create and organise sounds in time and space. The unit will focus on the approaches taken over the last century to record, transform and organise sound in a variety of creative contexts, ranging from early electroacoustic music experiments, through to contemporary electronic music production. Repertoire from the vast field of sonic arts will be covered to offer a new perspective on audio and sound production in today's contemporary music scene.
CMPN1221 Digital Composition 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Ivan Zavada Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 3hr lecture/fortnight, 1 x 3hr tutorial/fortnight Assessment: 1 x presentation (40%), 3 x compositions (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Digital Composition units of study support the sustained development of compositional craft and creativity through the practical integration of music technology and digital music techniques in the preparation of sound based compositions to be submitted throughout the semester. The unit will focus on the approaches taken over the last century to record, transform and organise sound in a variety of creative contexts, ranging from early electroacoustic music experiments, through to contemporary electronic music production.
CMPN2222 Digital Composition 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Ivan Zavada Session: Semester 1 Classes: 6 x 3hr lecture per fortnight, 6 x 3hr tutorial per fortnight Prerequisites: CMPN1221 Assessment: 1 x 1500words presentation (40%), 3 x compositions (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Digital Composition units of study support the sustained development of compositional craft and creativity through the practical integration of music technology and digital music techniques in the preparation of sound based compositions to be submitted throughout the semester. The unit will focus on the approaches taken over the last century to create sounds using modular synthesis techniques and computers to generate and synthesise sounds based on acoustic properties of instruments and other sound sources.
CMPN2223 Digital Composition 3

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Ivan Zavada Session: Semester 2 Classes: 6 x 3 hr lecture per fortnight, 6 x 3 hr tut per fortnight Prerequisites: CMPN2222 Assessment: Presentation (40%), Composition (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Digital Composition units of study support the sustained development of compositional craft and creativity through the practical integration of music technology and digital music techniques in the preparation of sound based compositions to be submitted throughout the semester. The unit will focus on electronic music production techniques taken in the music industry today to create music for games, film scoring and other sound design for interactive and network media applications.

Discipline Specific units

CMPN2631 Electroacoustic Music

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Daniel Blinkhorn Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1 x 2 hr lab/studio class/week Prerequisites: MUED1002 or CMPN1013 or MUSC2653 Prohibitions: CMPN1631 Assumed knowledge: Proficiency in the usage of any industry standard DAW and attendant sound transformation and diffusion software. Assessment: Composition demonstrating electroacoustic techniques (40%), electroacoustic composition drawing from any manner of materials discussed within the unit (60%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will explore past and concurrent techniques in electroacoustic composition through the completion of various tasks in sound transformation and by composing new electroacoustic works. Whilst analysing manifold aesthetics and attendant compositional techniques implicit in the creation of electroacoustic music, emphasis will be placed on students developing a working knowledge of existent and emergent trends within the electroacoustic repertoire, and will gain insights into numerous aesthetic, recording and composing processes leading to the creation of new musical compositions in the field of electroacoustics.
CMPN2632 Computer Music Fundamentals

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Ivan Zavada Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2 hr lect/wk, 1 hr lab class. Prerequisites: MUED1002 OR CMPN1013 OR MUSC2653 Assessment: 2 programming assignments (2x25%), final project (50%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will focus on computer based music composition utilising formal processes to create music with computers. This unit investigates an interactive graphical programming environment for music, audio and media called Max, allowing the composer to program and implement interactive music processes quickly and with varying levels of sophistication, thus encouraging the student to explore real-time creative possibilities of digital music technology.
MUSC3603 Advanced Digital Music Techniques

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Damian Barbeler Session: Semester 2 Classes: 3 hr lecture/demonstration/wk Prerequisites: MUSC2653 Assessment: Creative assignments (80%), Weekly review and presentation of work (20%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Students who do not meet the pre-requisite may seek special permission from the subject co-ordinator
This unit is an advanced exploration of digital sound and music in creative and multimedia contexts. It is a subject in which students are expected to make sophisticated use of sound creation and manipulation tools in pursuit of their own musical ideas. Students will undertake creative projects as a means to learning. An ability to read music at a basic level and an understanding of fundamental musical terminology is an advantage in this unit of study.