MUSC11401 - Digital Music Applications
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit is a detailed introduction to music sequencing and sampling using industry recognised software. Students will gain experience with Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), software synthesizers, audio loops and region-based multi-take recording leading to mixing and mastering audio. Students undertaking this unit via flexible delivery may be required to own a computer with an approved Digital Audio Workstation. Students interested in enrolling in the unit should contact the unit coordinator before enrolling

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance
  • Mackay
  • Noosa

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Written Assessment 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Readings were difficult Student feedback Review set readings to ensure these are the most appropriate and relevant readings available.
Stronger explanation of the relationship between course content and assessment items. Student feedback Explain the relationship between course content with the learning objectives and assessment items in the assessment description.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Create complex sequences of both MIDI, digital audio loops and recorded digital audio;
  2. Sample live audio into the digital domain and manipulate the audio artefact;
  3. Synchronise MIDI and audio samples to time-based video media;
  4. Mix and Master completed audio files to broadcast standard.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment    
3 - Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Communication  
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking  
4. Information Literacy      
5. Team Work        
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence        
8. Ethical practice        

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment      
2 - Written Assessment      
3 - Written Assessment      

Prescribed Textbooks

Modern MIDI
Author/s: Sam McGuire Year: 2014
Edition: Publisher: Focal Press
City: Burlington State: MA
Country: United States
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • A recent computer running Windows or IOS
  • A copy of Reaper v4, Garageband v10, or Logic X
  • A MIDI keyboard (optional)
  • Sibelius Music Notation Software (for more detail see term-specific information)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorDavid Reaston (d.reaston@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Course introduction

Module 1: Digital Sound

Reading 1: Hosken, D. (2014). An introduction to music technology. New York: Routledge. (pp.7-17)
Reading 2: Huber, D. M., & Runstein, R. E. (2014). "Sound and Hearing". In Modern Recording Techniques. 8th Edition. (pp.43-73). New York: Focal Press.
Reading 3: Pohlman, K. C. (2005). "Fundamentals of Digital Audio". In Principles of digital audio. 5th Edition. (pp.21-50). New York : McGraw-Hill.


Week 2 13-03-2017

Module 1: Digital Sound

As per last week.


Week 3 20-03-2017

Module 2: Digital Audio

Reading: Hosken, D. (2014). An introduction to music technology. New York: Routledge. (pp.53-76)
Week 4 27-03-2017

Module 2: Digital Audio

As per last week.

Audio Project Due Friday (31 Mar 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 5 03-04-2017

Module 3: MIDI and Software Instruments

Reading 1: McGuire, Sam. (2014). Modern MIDI: Sequencing and Performing Using Traditional and Mobile Tools. Burlington, MA: Focal Press. (pp.325-346) (pp.104-138) (pp139-178) (pp.179-212)

Reading 2: Hosken, D. (2014). An introduction to music technology. New York: Routledge. (pp.136-163)

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Module 3: MIDI and Software Instruments

As per last week.

Week 7 24-04-2017

Module 3: MIDI and Software Instruments

As per last week.

Week 8 01-05-2017

Module 3: MIDI and Software Instruments

As per last week.

MIDI Realisation of a Score Due Friday (05 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 9 08-05-2017

Module 4: Computer Notation

Reading: Hosken, D. (2014). An introduction to music technology. New York: Routledge. (pp.273-294)

Week 10 15-05-2017

Module 4: Computer Notation

As per last week.

Week 11 22-05-2017

Module 4: Computer Notation

As per last week.

Week 12 29-05-2017

Module 4: Computer Notation

As per last week.

Re-create a score Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

To enable you to get the best results in this unit, I suggest the following:

  • Purchase Sibelius music notation software. This can be bought in full or on an annual subscription. This will be mainly used in Assessment 3. However, you will find this music notation software very useful for other units in the Bachelor of Music degree. For more information on how to purchase this software, please go to the links on the Moodle website or contact me, the unit coordinator, David Reaston. Email: d.reaston@cqu.edu.au
  • The textbook for this unit is only a recommended reading.
  • More comprehensive information and readings on the content covered in this unit can be found on the Moodle site.

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Audio Project
Task Description

Length: Approximately 30 seconds of audio + 500 word essay

Re-groove Drums (Hosken, 2014, p. 78)

  • Import a short drum groove into your DAW. You can use a loop or record you or a friend playing a groove.
  • Use your DAW’s editing techniques to rearrange the elements of the groove to form a new one.
  • The clock and timeline should measure time in bars and beats rather than real time or SMPTE time, so you can match up elements to beats or parts of a beat.
  • Even if the groove was originally on one track, use a separate track for each element (kick drum, snare drum, cymbals, toms).
  • Use fades and crossfades to smooth out transitions.
  • You can also pitch shift or time stretch various sounds to create a very different kind of groove.
  • You can use a different rearrangement of the drum elements to create a contrasting groove followed by a return to the original groove.

Your track should last for approximately 30 seconds and include the original groove at some point.

A 500 word essay should accompany your submission explaining your indivual process used to create the new groove.

Assessment submission and presentation

You must submit:

  • An .mp3 of your final project
  • The DAW session of your project (GarageBand Project)
  • 500 word essay as a Microsoft Word Document (.docx)

Your essay:

  • Must use 12 point Times New Roman font
  • Must use 1.5 spacing for the body of the assignment
  • Include your name and student number on each page as part of a header or footer.
  • May use sub-headings to organise your assignment clearly
  • Must adhere to the CQUniversity APA Style Guide.

References

Hosken, D. (2014). An introduction to music technology. New York: Routledge.

Assessment Due Date Week 4 Friday (31-Mar-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Re-Groove Drum Task

  • Appropriate choice of original (unaltered) drum groove (5%)
  • Application and effective use of track separation for each element (5%)
  • Application and effective use of a clock/timeline (10%)
  • Application and creative use of editing tools (cut/paste/effects) (30%)
  • Application and effective use of fades and cross-fades (5%)
  • Overall presentation and appropriate duration (5%)

Essay

  • Clear explanation of method used to create new groove (12%)
  • Clear explanation of editing tools and effects used (10%)
  • Clear explanation of the track’s overall structure (5%)
  • Accuracy of spelling, punctuation and grammar; clarity of writing style (8%)
  • Meeting delivery requirements (presentation, word count, style guide) (5%)
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Create complex sequences of both MIDI, digital audio loops and recorded digital audio;

2. Sample live audio into the digital domain and manipulate the audio artefact;

3. Synchronise MIDI and audio samples to time-based video media;

4. Mix and Master completed audio files to broadcast standard.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title MIDI Realisation of a Score
Task Description

Create an audio recording using MIDI instruments from a score. The score will be provided on the Moodle site. Write an accompanying 500 word essay.

Steps:

  • Add a ‘software instrument’ track in your DAW for each voice in the piece.
  • Select the desired timbres for each track.
  • Set up key-signature and time signature and tempo in your DAW.
  • Record/enter each part of the score into their assigned track. This maybe done via real-time, step, or manual entry. You may use a software instrument or a MIDI instrument. Remember the recording tempo can be different from the playback tempo, and to activate the metronome and count-off. Quantisation may be use to even out parts.
  • Use editing tools (cut/copy/paste/loop) to complete the arrangement as per the score.
  • Add a drum track to the arrangement (either Apple loops, GarageBand 'drummer', or your own)
  • Mix session
  • Add reverb to master track.
  • Add a fade in to the master track at the start, and a fade out at the end.
  • Export session as an audio file (.mp3).

A 500 word essay should accompany your submission explaining your individual process used to the create audio recording including any challenges you faced along the way.

Assessment submission and presentation

You must submit:

  • An .mp3 of your final project
  • The DAW session of your project (GarageBand Project)
  • 500 word essay as a Microsoft Word Document (.docx)

Your essay:

  • Must use 12 point Times New Roman font
  • Must use 1.5 spacing for the body of the assignment
  • Include your name and student number on each page as part of a header or footer.
  • May use sub-headings to organise your assignment clearly
  • Must adhere to the CQUniversity APA Style Guide.
Assessment Due Date Week 8 Friday (05-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

MIDI Realisation

  • Appropriate number and timbre of ‘software instrument’ tracks (5%)
  • Appropriate key-signature and time signature and tempo (5%)
  • Correct entry of parts into the DAW (35%)
  • Application and effective use of editing tools (cut/copy/paste/loop) (5%)
  • Application and effective use of fades and cross-fades (5%)
  • Appropriate drum-track (5%)
  • Appropriate mix of session (5%)
  • Overall presentation and appropriate duration (5%)

Essay

  • Clear explanation of method used to create the audio recording (15%)
  • Clear explanation of any challenges faced (5%)
  • Accuracy of spelling, punctuation and grammar; clarity of writing style (7%)
  • Meeting delivery requirements (presentation, word count, style guide) (3%)
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Submit through Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Create complex sequences of both MIDI, digital audio loops and recorded digital audio;

4. Mix and Master completed audio files to broadcast standard.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Re-create a score
Task Description

Re-create a score using musical notation software. The score will be provided on the Moodle site. Generate parts from your score.

Use mouse and computer keyboard or step-time entry with a MIDI instrument to re-create the score. Try and make your score look identical to the original, copying the correct amount of staves, the key signature and all markings (repeat marks, articulation, dynamics etc).

Generate parts from your score. You may have to individually edit the layout of each part.

Export score and parts as PDFs.

Assessment submission and presentation

You must submit:

  • Score and parts as PDFs.
  • Include your name and student number on each page as part of a header or footer.
Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria
  • Accuracy of headings and fonts (4%)
  • Accuracy of key-signature, time-signature and tempo (4%)
  • Accuracy of pitch (28%)
  • Accuracy of rhythm (28%)
  • Accuracy of all marking (repeat marks, articulation, dynamics etc.) (12%)
  • Score layout (6%)
  • Parts layout (6%)
  • Overall presentation of score and parts (8%)
  • Meeting delivery requirements (presentation, name and student number on each page) (4%)
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Please submit all files in Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Create complex sequences of both MIDI, digital audio loops and recorded digital audio;

2. Sample live audio into the digital domain and manipulate the audio artefact;

3. Synchronise MIDI and audio samples to time-based video media;

4. Mix and Master completed audio files to broadcast standard.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence




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