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MusicHB ACAT1011

ACAT1011     Fundamentals of Computer Music

A one-hour lecture and a one-hour tutorial each week in Semester 1.


  • To gain an understanding of the techniques of digital sampling, sequencing and editing as applied to sound and image.
  • To gain an understanding of the MIDI (Music instrument Digital Interface) and SMPTE specifications and their use in studio and realtime environments.

Sampling theory and techniques, including:

  • theory of analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion
  • digital sampling techniques for sound and image
  • the hardware implementation of sampling techniques
  • sample merging and editing

Analysis of the MIDI specification including:

  • using MIDI to control synthesis and sampling equipment
  • realtime performance considerations
  • MIDI merging and filtering
  • MIDI time code
  • SMPTE time code

Assignments–30%. Examination performance–70%.


MIDI Specification
Loy, G., “Musicians Make a Standard: The MIDI Phenomenon”, Computer Music Journal, vol. 9, no. 4.


Bateman, W., Introduction to Computer Music, Wiley, 1980.
DeFuria, S., and Scacciaferro, J., MIDI Programmer's Handbook, M&T Publishing, 1989.
Software and hardware manuals as appropriate.


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