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Synthesis and Sampling (10316.2)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications


  • UC - TAFE Queensland, South Bank
    Year Teaching Period Convener Mode of Delivery
    2020 Semester 1 Mr   Rafe   SHOLER (Ph: ) ON-CAMPUS

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This unit introduces the student to the creative potential of music technology, in particular, synthesis and sampling. It promotes a more experimental approach than previous composition units, with special focus on EDM (Electronic Dance Music) and its associated forms and production techniques. The student is allowed a greater degree of independence and freedom to break away from conventions and explore new approaches to composing, again with a focus on using technology. Through this original, experimental and innovative approach to composition, legal and ethical aspects of music composition are also explored. This unit is designed to complement Music Performance: Technology on Stage and Contemporary Musicianship: Harmonic Analysis, which are also experimental in nature and technology-focused.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Employ loop-based composition software to compose and trigger music intended for live performance;

2. Implement synthesis techniques to create original software instruments, effects and popular articulations;

3. Employ samplers to create multi-layered virtual instruments;

4. Discuss legal aspects of sampling and demonstrate ethical usage of samples in original composition; and

5. Apply written and oral communication skills.

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