Fall 2019 - CA 149 E100

Sound (3)

Class Number: 9783

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Thu, 5:30–8:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 5, 2019
    Thu, 7:00–10:00 p.m.



Introduction to acoustics, psychoacoustics, sound synthesis, audio sampling and signal processing, and sound production in general as relating to music, film sound, radio, new media, art installations and live performance. Students who have taken CA (or FPA) 184 cannot take CA (or FPA) 149 for further credit. Students with credit for FPA 149 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.


CA 149 is an introduction to the large topic of sound and is designed to be relevant to all of the disciplines in the School for the Contemporary Arts. Students will be introduced to basic acoustics, simple wave physics and the techniques/technology associated with the recording, transformation, storage, transmission and projection of sound. This exploration of the technologies and concepts related to sound will lead to examinations of the moving picture soundtrack, radio, theatre, installations, sound art, gaming and radio art. Special attention will be paid to the role of sound design/music in fixed media, broadcast, performance (theatre, dance, etc.), and installation art. This course will also explore the larger issues of sound in contemporary society through environmental sound, noise, and acoustic communication.


  • Recording and Editing Project 20%
  • Signal Processing and Mixing Project 20%
  • Sound Log Project 20%
  • Sound Diary 20%
  • Final 20%


Late Assignments -5% per day late Assignment extensions are made only for immediate family emergencies or valid medical reasons with a doctor’s note. Correct files may be submitted after the deadline, but will be considered late.

Contact Stefan Smulovitz - ssmulovi@sfu.ca if you have any questions.



Students are encouraged to have their own set of headphones (preferably) or earphones.


Will be made available via Canvas

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