Fall 2019 - CA 247 D100

Electroacoustic Music I (3)

Class Number: 9791

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    GCA 2345, GOLDCORP

  • Prerequisites:

    CA (or FPA) 149.



The theory and practice of electroacoustic music technology and composition. The course will examine through lecture and studio work the following topics: analog and digital synthesis, microcomputer use, the multi-track studio, signal processing, communication protocols such as MIDI and sampling techniques. Students with credit for FPA 247 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.


This course introduces students to composition with electronic means in and out of the studio. Topics covered will include: microphones and recording techniques, the mixer as tool and as instrument, signal processing, DAW’s (Logic, Ableton Live, etc), MIDI and digital control, and synthesis. The course will focus on the integration of the above tools into a personalised composition tool kit. There will be an emphasis on listening; students will keep a weekly journal of commentary and analysis according to the instructor’s assignments.


  • On-Time attendance (classes, tutorials, required events) 10%
  • Participation 15%
  • Listening Journal, Technical Assignments & Analysis Projects (Weekly entries in class and at home as assigned) 15%
  • Small Compositions and Research Projects 20%
  • First Draft Instrumental Composition and Preparatory Research Report 10%
  • Final Composition 30%

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