Current 2016/17 Module Catalogue

Module Details

Module Code:
TON2020
Module Provider:
Music and Media
Level:
HE2
Number of Credits:
15
Module Title:
SOUND SYNTHESIS
Module Co-ordinator:
KANE PJ Mr (Music & Med)
 
 
ECTS Credits
7.5

Module Availability

Semester 2

Assessment Pattern

Assessment TypeUnit of AssessmentWeighting %
CourseworkCoursework 125
CourseworkCoursework 225
ExaminationExamination50

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Qualifying condition(s)

This module is core and will require students to pass every unit of assessment with a mark of at least 40%.

Module Overview

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

Prerequisites/Co-requisites

• Year 1 Electronics and Computer Audio Systems A and B
• Year 1 Acoustics and Audio Signal Processing A and B
 

Module Aims

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

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:
 
1. explain the principles and discuss the relative merits of a number of sound synthesis
techniques (C, K)
2. Design and implement synthesiser patches to a given specification (C, K, P)
3. Modify synthesiser patches in order to improve their sound and playability (C, K, P)
 
In addition, you will have demonstrated the following professional and transferable skills:
 
  •  Programming skills (T, P)
  •  Problem solving (T)
 
Key: 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.c

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
 
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.

 

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

TON2020: SOUND SYNTHESIS

Last Updated

04 October 2016 by GODFREY L Miss (Qual. Enh. & S)