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ACAT2004     Electroacoustic Composition 2

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

Satisfactory completion of Fundamentals of Computer Music.

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,
  • digital sampling from sources such as microphones and tape recorders;
  • editing digitized waveforms.

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

Assignments-40%. Examination performance 60%.


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, R. (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.
Griffiths, R, A Guide to Electronic Music, Thames and Hudson, 1979.
Strawn, J. (ed.), Digital Audio Signal Processing: An Anthology, Kaufmann, 1985.
Xenakis, I., Formalized Music, University of Indiana Press, 1971.
Software and hardware manuals as appropriate.


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