Spring 2022 - CA 149 E100

Sound (3)

Class Number: 7666

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:


  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 14, 2022
    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.


  • Packback: Week sound Diary 20%
  • Exercise #1: Basic Editing 10%
  • Exercise #2: Signal Processing 10%
  • Midterm 10%
  • Project #1: Film Log 15%
  • Project #2: Creative Composition 25%
  • Final 10%



Students must purchase access to the Packback platform via a registration email that will be sent to you. Cost is ~$29.

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 assignments. We will use the open source software Audacity for audio editing.


Readings will be available via Canvas

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware 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.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.