Spring 2024 - CA 149 OL01

Sound (3)

Class Number: 7377

Delivery Method: Online


  • Course Times + Location:


  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 17, 2024
    Wed, 11:59–11:59 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 sound and all the forms it can take. It does not require any previous music theory and is designed to be relevant to all anyone interested in deepening their relationship to sound. Students will be introduced to basic acoustics, the techniques & technology associated with recording, transforming, storing, and transmitting sound as well as a philosophical exploration of sound. This exploration of the technologies and concepts related to sound will lead to examinations of the movie soundtracks, 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: Weekly Sound Diary 20%
  • Exercise #1: Basic Editing 5%
  • Exercise #2: Signal Processing 5%
  • Midterm 10%
  • Project #1: Film Log 20%
  • Project #2: Creative Composition 30%
  • 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


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:


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