SOUND SYNTHESIS - 2017/8

Module code: TON2020

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

DE SENA E Dr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 5

JACs code

W316

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 24

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 1 25%
Coursework COURSEWORK 2 25%
Examination EXAMINATION 50%

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

TON1019    ELECTRONICS AND AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING A TON1020  ELECTRONICS AND AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING B TON1021  ACOUSTICS AND COMPUTER AUDIO SYSTEMS A TON1022  ACOUSTICS AND COMPUTER AUDIO SYSTEMS B

Module overview

This module is will introduce you to the theory and practical use of sound synthesis techniques.

Module aims

This module aims to provide a theoretical understanding and a practical working knowledge of techniques for sound synthesis.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Explain the principles and discuss the relative merits of a number of sound synthesis techniques KC
Design and implement synthesiser patches to a given specification KCP
Modify synthesiser patches in order to improve their sound and playability KCP
Programming skills PT
Problem solving T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

The following is an indication of the likely topics to be covered:

• Analogue and digital sound synthesis.
• Max/MSP patch design and implementation.
• Specific synthesis techniques, including additive synthesis, subtractive synthesis, FM synthesis and physical modelling.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: develop your knowledge and understanding of aspects of sound synthesis, both theory and practice. This is developed via lectures and workshops, as well as by completion of practical programming coursework.

 

The learning and teaching methods include:

 

• One two-hour lecture or workshop per week

• Guided reading

• Coursework assignments and feedback

 

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate and develop knowledge and understanding of sound synthesis principles (coursework and exam), as well as demonstrate and develop your ability to create synthesisers using software.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

•      Coursework 1 – one computer-based practical assignment (addresses learning outcome 2).

•      Coursework 2 – one computer-based practical assignment (addresses learning outcomes 2 & 3).

•      2hr exam – Written paper given under exam conditions (addresses learning outcome 1).

Formative  assessment

There are no formal formative assessment components for this module, but formative feedback will be given to you in lectures and practical workshops.

Feedback

Written feedback will be given on the coursework.

Reading list

Reading list for SOUND SYNTHESIS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/ton2020

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.