Full Title:Sound Synthesis and Manipulation
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:SNDT M9002
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This unit is devised with the purpose of establishing firm foundations and good practice in Sound Design for artistic and commercial purposes. The unit explores both the theoretical and practical side of creating and manipulating digital audio.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. discuss the structure and implementation of software synthesis languages.
  2. illustrate and implement a range of classical synthesis techniques.
  3. show critical awareness in the theoretical background of modern synthesis techniques.
  4. competently and creatively apply their understanding of these issues to their own practical work.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Digital representation of sound
Synthesis through modulation
Introduction to the Fourier transform
Additive and subtractive techniques
Formant synthesis
Waveshaping techniques
Granular techniques
Introduction to physical modeling techniques
Realtime audio processing techniques
Creative use of synthesis and manipulation techniques
Sound diffusion
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment Sound synthesis exercises 2,3,4 50.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3 50.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture n/a 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Practical n/a 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study n/a 6.00 Every Week 6.00
Directed Reading n/a 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 12.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Dodge, C. & Jerse, T., Computer Music 2nd ed., Schirmer Books, 2000
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Roads, C., The Computer Music Tutorial, MIT Press, 2000
  • Miranda, E., Computer Sound Design, Focal Press, 2002
  • Boulanger, R., The Csound Book, MIT Press, 2002
  • Kirk, R. & Hunt, A., Digital Sound Processing for Music and Multimedia, Focal Press, 1999
  • Wishart, T., Audible Design, Imagineering Press, 1985
  • Chadabe, J., Electric Sound: The Past and Promise of Electronic Music, Prentice Hall, 1996
  • Truax, Barry., Acoustic Communication, Westport, Conn. : Ablex, 2001.
  • Jareth Loy 2011, Musimathics: The Mathematical Foundations of Music (Volume 1/Volume 2), The MIT Press
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_HMUSC_R Master of Arts/Master of Science in Music Technology 1 Mandatory