Electronic music-Creative uses of music technology

Course Information
TitleΗλεκτρονική μουσική: Δημιουργική χρήση της μουσικής τεχνολογίας / Electronic music-Creative uses of music technology
FacultyFine Arts
SchoolMusic Studies
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID600013918

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Mousikṓn Spoudṓn (2017-sīmera)

Registered students: 22
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Musicology / Music EducationElective Courses535
Music CompositionCompulsory Course belonging to the selected specialization (Compulsory Specialization Course)535

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Required Courses
  • ΤΠ1001 Introduction to music technology / informatics
  • ΤΠ1002 Introduction to musical acoustics
Learning Outcomes
Students that complete the course are expected to: • Gain a basic understanding of aesthetic issues of electroacoustic music • Understand issues pertaining to the creative use of digital technology in electronic music composition • Know how to process and transform initial sound materials into musical sound structures • Use simple sound editing programs for creative processing and mixing of sounds • Get acquainted with fundamental sound synthesis techniques (additive, subtractive, AM/FM synthesis, granular synthesis, etc.) through the use of appropriate software applications • Be able to compose a short electroacoustic work • Incorporate creative music applications in educational contexts
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Introduction (historical overview, current trends). Digital sound and sound analysis. Elementary sound generators/controllers (oscillators, noise, envelope, LFOs). Basic sound processing and mixing techniques. Additive synthesis (analysis and resynthesis). Subtractive synthesis. FM/AM synthesis. Granular synthesis. Other sound synthesis techniques. Compositional strategies. Educational applications. Individual meetings with students for the preparation of their three-minute electroacoustic music compositions to be submitted at the end of the course, accompanied by a written report that explains theoretical and practical aspects and processes for the creation of the e/a composition.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
Course Organization
Reading Assigment100.3
Interactive Teaching in Information Center130.4
Written assigments100.3
Artistic creation361.2
Student Assessment
Students are expected to compose a three-minute electroacoustic composition, using sound synthesis/processing techniques explained in the course. The electroacoustic composition is accompanied by a written report (up to 1000 words) that explains the techniques/methods used during the compositional process and outlines the main compositional intentions/decisions. The submitted works are performed at an informal electroacoustic concert at the end of term. For the final rating, technical or aesthetic issues are given more weight depending on students’ specialisation (musicology or composition).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Collins, N. (2010) Introduction to Computer Music. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, U.K. Λώτης, Θ. και Διαμαντόπουλος Τ. (2004) Μουσική πληροφορική και μουσική με υπολογιστές, Κάλλιπος. https://repository.kallipos.gr/handle/11419/4920 Dodge C. & Jerse T.A. (1985) Computer Music: Synthesis, Composition and Performance. Schirmer Books, New York. Miranda E. R. (1998) Coputer Sound Design: Synthesis Techniques and Programming. Focal Press, Oxford. Roads, C. (1996) The Computer Music Tutorial. The MIT Press, Cambridge (Ma). Roads C. (2002) Microsound. The MIT Press, Cambridge (Ma). Russ M. (2004) Sound Synthesis and Sampling. Second Edition. Focal Press, Oxford.
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