Spring 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Gresham-Lancaster, Scott
Discipline and Number
ATEC 4375 Section 001
W Time 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title
Sound Composition

Description of Course:

Let us have fun with sounds in the 21st century! This course will be a guided examination of the various elements of art and craft of sound design composition. Hands on all the major sound manipulation programs will be covered. If all goes well some of us in the class will be performing on the main stage at the massive Deep Elum Arts Festival in April as part of the class. (more details if you sign up)

There has been a fundamental shift in the way everyone is experiencing sounds both in terms of musical composition, but also in sound and interface design. The once linear "song form" and concept album have been replaced my interactive song building tools like Ableton live and Garage Band, Pandora and shuffle play in iTunes. How does this effect the design of new sound material be that material a pop tune or an interface design? How much traditional music, acoustics and psycho-acoustics is needed to make informed decisions about creating new and exciting sound designs and tunes? These and many other questions regarding the role of design and more conventional notions of music composition will be addressed in the course of this class.

Pre-requisite: ATEC 2385 Introduction to Sound Design

Required Texts:

The Digital Musician
2nd Edition By Andrew Hugill Published June 20th 2012 by Routledge – 316 pages

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:


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