MUT-20009 - Realtime Sound Processing
Coordinator: Malik S Uduman Room: CKF01 Tel: +44 1782 7 33005
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733147

Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective





Barred Combinations


Description for 2020/21

MAX-MSP is a widely used software package allowing for the design of musical algorithms using MIDI and recorded, live or sampled sounds. The ideas and material explored in this module provide skills that can be used in the context of other modules, notably composition and cross media practice. The focus is on the design and development of intelligent tools which aid the composition and performance,
provide automation of tasks and extend the capabilities of conventional instruments. The emphasis throughout the module is on a compositional possibility for the use of MAX/MSP.

-To acquire practical foundations for using computers in assisting musical composition, including real-time processing of sound;
-To acquire skills for designing a patch or application for effecting real-time processing of sounds or controlling MIDI devices;
-To create and employ a computer environment for aiding the realisation of a composition.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Apply a range of compositional techniques and creative musical skills
: 1
Explain and evaluate the properties and manipulation of sound
: 1
Explain the creative applications of sound processing
: 1
Demonstrate the ability to manipulate skills in an increasingly inventive and individual way
: 1

Study hours

14 hours of lectures
7 hours of workshops and small group tutorials
36 hours of reflection, revision and consolidation of lecture, workshop and tutorial content, research through bibliographical and computer mediated resources through individual or group study work
37 hours of practical work in the lab or student┐s own digital audio workstation on preliminary tasks, to carry out programming tasks, familiarise with equipment and software development
56 hours of preparation of creative project and supporting documentation

School Rules

Students must be familiar with the basic concepts of Analog and Digital Audio.

Description of Module Assessment

1: Portfolio weighted 100%
Creative project portfolio
Creative project comprising of an original electroacoustic composition realised using specified software and hardware. Submitted material to include audio recording of the composition together with patches and dedicated standalone applications employed in the creation of the project. Total duration of the composition should be ca. 3 minutes. Written documentation of around 1500 - 2000 words explaining the techniques employed and their relevance to the creative project.