Part of this Programme
Sound Science and Technology
Level of Qualification|Semesters|ECTS
Bachelor | Semestral | 6
Year | Type of course unit | Language
2 |Mandatory |Português
Total of Working Hours | Duration of Contact (hours)
150 | 60
Recommended complementary curricular units
Prerequisites and co-requisites
I. The concept of Sound and Sonic Arts The world of science and the world of perception. Terza Prattica and new musical aesthetics: futurism, elektronische musik, concrete music, electroacoustic, acousmatic, openwork, microtonal, spectral, cosmic, intuitive. The mass media of music: press, disc, radio, cinema, video, multimedia, computer. II. Interdisciplinarity of the Sonic Arts The notion of synesthesia and the cross between the arts and the media. The sonorous and the visual. Speech specificity in the context of the sonic arts. Installation and Happening. Site-specific. Media art and sound-walks. Web and recent developments. Sonic sculptures. Sound and robotics. III. Musical Informatics and the Sonic Arts Sound programming languages. Height, intensity, duration, timbre, space. Temporal envelope, spectral envelope and formants. Categorization and representation of sound. Synthesis, processing and spatialization of sound. Composition and Improvisation. Invention of electronic instruments.
It is about: a) understanding the scope of the sound phenomenon through a vast interdisciplinary field that crosses science and art, with emphasis on the development of a critical thinking proper to electronic music and sonic arts; b) to acquire the technical / creative skills necessary to carry out an artistic or research project in the field of the sonic arts.
Knowledge, abilities and skills to be acquired
-To foster the capacity to independently carry out research related to the subjects and the practical work proposed, in order to develop own methodologies related to creative work. -Develop skills analysis and criticism of artistic objects that include sound as work material. -Focus the technological procedures in the context and practice of the sonic arts.
Teaching methodologies and assessment
The teaching methodology consists of theoretical classes (using audiovisual and multimedia materials), and practical classes, focused on the relation of the sonic arts to musical informatics. The continuous assessment regime consists of two parts: 1) several assignments, during the semester (35% weighting). 2) presence and participation (15%) 3) A final project in the field of sonic arts (50% weight). To obtain approval in continuous evaluation is necessary to obtain more than 8 values in each of the parts, average equal or superior to 10, and to be present in the minimum in 75% of the classes. The exam regime consists of a final exam, with a weighting of 100%, of a nature and complexity equal to the sum of the two parts of the continuous evaluation, which may also be accompanied by an oral part, whenever the teacher deems it necessary.
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