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ACAT8007     Digital Audio Synthesis

A one-hour lecture and a one-hour tutorial each week in Semester 2.

Fundamentals of Computer Music (ACAT 1011).

To gain a theoretical and practical understanding of the techniques of sound synthesis.

Theories of the timbre synthesis techniques:

  • additive
  • frequency modulation
  • waveshaping
  • granular stochastic
  • Karplus Strong algorithm.

Advanced studio techniques including:

  • mixing and mixing consoles
  • microphone techniques
  • spatial manipulation
  • reverberation and echo
  • analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion
  • editing digitised waveforms

Active participation in preparing and presenting a concert of electroacoustic music, including program notes.



Strange, A., Electronic Music: Systems, Techniques and Controls. Brown, 1972.
Chamberlin, H., Musical Applications of Microprocessors, 2nd edn, Hayden Books, 1985.


Appleton, J., and Perera, P, (eds), The Development and Practice of Electronic Music, Prentice-Hall 1975.
Bateman, W., Introduction to Computer Music, Wiley, 1980.
Computer Music Journal
Eargle, J., Sound Recording, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1980.
Strawn, J. (ed.), Digital Audio Signal Processing: An Anthology, William Kaufmann, 1985.
Xenakis, I., Formalised Music, University of Indiana Press, 1971.
Software and hardware manuals as appropriate.


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