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Advanced Sound Applications

Course Code: MUSC 1271
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Music
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

Through lecture/demonstrations and lab work, students will explore advanced techniques in synthesis and audio. Emphasis will be placed on ways in which audio and synthesis are combined in modern music production, along with more experimental uses of this technology. Students will produce a final project combining audio and MIDI techniques.

Course Content

  1. Advanced audio editing, including time stretching, transpositions, loop points etc.
  2. Advanced software instruments, including synthesizer, percussion and string modeling instruments.
  3. Virtual orchestras: aesthetics and possibilities.
  4. Distributed processing, including multicore and multiprocessor systems.
  5. Sequencing in live performance, using standard DAW software and specialized “Live” programs.
  6. Ensemble performances (ie., forming a “MIDI Band” for live performance)
  7. Students may explore individual topics in this class, in consultation with the instructor.

Methods of Instruction

Lecture/demonstration. Students will work alongside the instructor, either in the large studio or Technology Lab. Students will be expected to complete regular assignments and projects outside of class time. These can be done in the lab, the studio, or at home.

Means of Assessment

Tests/Quizzes (minimum of 2) 30%
Midterm Project 30%
Final Project* 40%

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to work unassisted, with recording and sequencing software, and will understand and be able to apply the following:

  1. Advanced audio editing
  2. Advanced software instruments
  3. Virtual orchestras
  4. Distributed processing
  5. Sequencing in live performance
  6. Ensemble performances
  7. Individual topics.

course prerequisites

MUSC 1171 or permission of instructor



curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


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