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Introduction to Audio Production (SOU101)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This is a content creation-focused unit that introduces the principles of analogue audio which relate to all types of audio production. Digital audio theory and newer audio technologies such as MIDI, digital audio workstations and virtual instruments are also introduced. Audio technologies offering less traditional types of composition strategies and manipulation are also explored. The unit is set against the background of an emerging research area centred on what it means to be a digital musician or audio producer.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. A basic understanding of the digital audio workstation (DAW) and proprietary processes
2. A basic understanding of sound transduction, analogue to digital conversion and storage
3. A basic understanding of sound retrieval, manipulation including editing and content delivery in the digital age
4. A basic understanding of sound synthesis in the analogue and digital domains
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour; workshops: 1.5 hours.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is one that seeks to maximise creative engagement with technology. Hands on exercises enhance students' digital production skills in the tutorials. Tablet technology is used to ease the ubiquity of the desktop computer, focussing on developing the interpersonal and team skills both with respect to creativity and the use of technology.
Other Learning Experiences This unit enhances the learning experiences by introducing tablet-based audio technology, as a consequence the metaphor of the computer as a tool is emphasised. Outcomes centre around creative use rather than learning how to operate software suites.
Assessment 1. (10%) Seminar and tutorial participation and attendance Quality of contribution, punctuality.
2. (20%) Found Sound story. A number of location recording are used to create a narrative without the use of speech.
3. (35%) You Tube soundtrack. Students design and produce a soundtrack to an existing You Tube video clip (a selection of which will be provided on the LMS).
4. (30%) Three online quizzes conducted in the tutorials
Feedback on items 2-4 can be expected online, together with your mark. You will receive oral feedback from peers and your tutor to your tutorial participation.
Prerequisites Nil.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Communication + Creative Media [Combined] (BCommun)+(BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Games Art and Design (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Graphic Design (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Photography (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Screen Production (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Sound (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr Simon Order
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7838
e: s.order@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.068 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Simon Order
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7838
e: s.order@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.068 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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