Spring 2021 - CA 149 E100

Sound (3)

Class Number: 7937

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 25, 2021
    11:59 PM – 11:59 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby



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.


  • Weekly Sound Diary 15%
  • Basic Editing 15%
  • Signal Processing 15%
  • Midterm 10%
  • Film Log 15%
  • Creative Piece 20%
  • Final 10%


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.


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

You must have access to a computer running Mac, Windows or Linux – not just a tablet or phone – to complete the assignements.




Readings will be available via Canvas

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).