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Want to produce and record your own music? This course will help you do that by showing you how to apply new technologies to your own creative practice, using freeware and browser based apps. Music Technology Foundations draws on Adelaide’s world-class pioneering expertise in making electronic music, to provide a great foundation to a career in music and to enable any learner to use technology.


This course does not involve any written exams. Students need to answer 5 assignment questions to complete the course, the answers will be in the form of written work in pdf or word. Students can write the answers in their own time. Each answer needs to be 200 words (1 Page). Once the answers are submitted, the tutor will check and assess the work.


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Course Credit: University of Adelaide

Course Curriculum

Introduction to sound
What is music technology? 00:04:00
A brief history of music technology 00:03:00
Music revolutionaries – Leon Theremin 00:04:00
Theremin demonstration 00:02:00
Sound recording 00:05:00
Music revolutionaries: Leon Scott, Charles Cros & Thomas Edison 00:06:00
Sound waves & measurement 00:04:00
Perception of sound 00:03:00
Audible illusion experiment 00:03:00
Audible illusion experiment explained 00:02:00
Digital Audio
What is audio? 00:02:00
Digital Audio 101 00:04:00
Audio file formats 00:02:00
Music revolutionaries – Pierre Schaeffer 00:07:00
Sampling 00:03:00
Software for editing digital audio 00:05:00
Ableton Push demonstration 00:03:00
Abstract sound creation 00:03:00
The Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) 00:04:00
How MIDI was created 00:04:00
MIDI hardware and storage 00:03:00
Music revolutionaries – Percy Grainger 00:07:00
Messaging using MIDI 00:03:00
MIDI connectivity 00:03:00
MIDI sequencing 00:04:00
Seb Tomczak’s demonstration of 8-bit music 00:05:00
What is synthesis? 00:05:00
Music revolutionaries – Robert Moog & Wendy Carlos 00:08:00
Music revolutionaries – Tristram Cary & Delia Derbyshire 00:06:00
Subtractive synthesis 00:05:00
Additive synthesis 00:03:00
Frequency Modulation synthesis 00:05:00
Yamaha DX7 demonstration 00:05:00
Effects and processing
Introduction to effects & processing 00:04:00
Music revolutionaries – Homer Dudley & Laurie Anderson 00:08:00
Natural effects – reverb 00:04:00
Natural effects – filtering 00:03:00
Natural effects – distortion 00:02:00
Natural effects – delay/echo 00:03:00
Analog effects 00:04:00
Digital effects 00:02:00
Introduction to built-in effects using Audacity 00:07:00
Amplitude enveloping using Audacity 00:02:00
Equalisation: Low cut & high cut using Audacity 00:05:00
Reverse reverb using Audacity 00:03:00
Distortion using Audacity 00:02:00
High & low speed change using Audacity 00:02:00
Pulling it all together
Pulling it all together 00:03:00
Recipe for musique concrète 00:06:00
Recipe for sound symbol composition 00:06:00
Recipe for drum and bass 00:06:00
1. Multi-tracking in Audacity: Setting up 00:02:00
2. Organising musical time 00:04:00
3. Adding a kick sequence 00:08:00
4. Adding a snare blast sequence 00:04:00
5. Adding a reversed echo embellishment 00:04:00
6. Adding a cymbal sequence 00:05:00
7. Building up the mix and exporting 00:04:00
Submit Your Assignment 00:00:00
Certification 00:00:00

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