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ATLS 3200: Sound

Introduces techniques, technologies and concepts of digital sound through lectures, projects and critiques. Focuses technically on digital sound creation, production, synthesis and interactivity. Explores various approaches to digital sound production through historical and conceptual perspectives.

This course introduces students to important skills in sound synthesis, interactive sound, narrative audio and other topics in music technology. We will study the history of electronic music and examine various forms of interactive/narrative audio including sonic art installations, musique concrete, radio storytelling, interactive audio for games, film audio, and more. Students will learn how to use the computer as a tool in audio production, music composition, arranging, and sound design to use sound most effectively in engaging their audience.

Course Objectives

Students who successfully complete this course will:

Critical Thinking & Theory / History:
  • Improve critical listening skills
  • Build knowledge on the history of electronic music and digital audio
  • Build knowledge on the history of sound design
  • Gain an understanding of the emotional/psychological impact of sound
  • Design experiences with sound
  • Understand the power of sound to tell stories
  • Gain familiarity with Digital Audio Workstations (DAW)
  • Develop an understanding of sound synthesis
  • Develop an understanding of the MIDI protocol
  • Use software for digital audio synthesis, production, sequencing and editing

Credit Hours

  • 3 hours


  • None